ALBANIA: Et’hem Bey Mosque

The Et’hem Bey Mosque in Tirana is both an absolutely stunning and historically important place. The mosque itself is only from 1800 or so, but it is covered from floor to ceiling with stunning ornate hand-painted frescoes.


The mosque was shuttered during the communist era as part of officially-enforced state atheism, and as the government was crumbling in 1991, one of the prominent acts of defiance by the people against the state was re-opening the mosque and holding services there.

More footage of the interior of the mosque:

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