Skopje, Macedonia

Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Skopje, Macedonia

One of the best known Mosques in Skopje – a city with many mosques – this is also one of the oldest. It sits opposite the Castle of Skopje and as such is at one of the highest points in the City.

Mustafa Pasha was an important Ottoman statesman who had the Mosque built in the last decade of the 15th Century. An inscription that stood over the entrance until 1963 and is now inside tells of the construction date.

The turbe (mausoleum) of the Mosque was badly damaged in the 1963 earthquake which levelled half of Skopje and nearly destroyed the Castle. The damage is still apparent. Until recently the grounds of the Mosque were famous for their rose gardens, but these have been rooted up ready for replanting and the Mosque is currently undergoing repair work and is not open to the public.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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