Sultan Murat Mosque in Skopje, Macedonia
Sultan Murat Mosque in Skopje, Macedonia is also known as Isa-bey mosque, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Murat Pasha Mosque, Yaya Pasha Mosque, Tutunsuz, Dukjandzhik, Burmali … During the time of the Ottoman Empire in Skopje were built many mosques, but it is worth to know know that the capital of Republic of Macedonia was among the few cities that have had the privilege to have a mosque build by one of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire.
The other reason why you should visit this place while you are in Skopje during your holiday in Macedonia is the size and complexity of the temple, the place where it was built, and the rank which belongs. After all it was built under the auspices of Murat II, the sixth Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
The mosque was built in the center of the former old town, on a hill from which watched over the city, as a religious complex, composed of the temple, religious school madrassa, national kitchen Imaret, the famous Clock Tower of Skopje, Macedonia, the circle of houses and mosque two graves (türbe), who repose important people from that time.
It was built in 1436 and is assumed to be one of the first mosques that were built in Skopje. It is believed that today it is the oldest Muslim mosque temple among those you can see today in the cit. After its rank differs from others because it is the only one whose commissioner was a Sultan. Sultan Murat II mosque was built at the same time as the famous mosques Muradiye Mosque in Bursa and Üç Şerefeli Mosque in Edirne, in the period of his rule the empire from 1421 to 1451 g .
Family Mosque of Sultan Murat historically is mentioned as Hunkjar Mosque, which in Ottoman-Turkish means Emperor or Sultan’s mosque, and was also known as the “At’k Mosque” , meaning theOld mosque. Because of the familiarity with the clock tower, people often called it Clock (Saat) Mosque.
Destroyed and rebuilt
The mosque and its surrounding buildings were repeatedly destroyed throughout history from fires, earthquakes and wars and were repeatedly renewed. Today the mosque, according to the historians, is very different from its original appearance when it was built, but still it is considered the mosque with great historical and architectural and urban value. Basis for such claims scientists are comparing the grandeur of mosques in Bursa and Edirne, which saved the authentic look. Therefore considered that the mosque in Skopje at the time was one of the most beautiful mosques in Rumelia, the European part of the Ottoman Empire. The main source of information about the history of the mosque are the three posts that were set at the entrance to the temple after building the mosque and after two renewals. They were written almost the entire history of the mosque.