BEZISTAN - view of the eastern entrance on Flickr.Via Flickr:
    About BEZISTEN  
    Bezisten represents the first and most relevant trading facility in the city of Skopje during the first centuries of the Ottoman ruling. It is located in the center of the Old Bazaar of Skopje and it is surrounded by all sides with shops. The word “bezisten” is composed of the Arabic word bez (linen) and the Persian word (i)stan (selling place), implying that this place was exclusively meant for selling linen. This was the case at the beginning, however, later other goods were sold to the extent that craftsman`s shops were placed there.  
    There are sufficient sources and literature that indicate that the area where the Bezisten is currently located, dates from an earlier period as described on the inscription above the main entrance. Additional proof for that are several places around the extensive walls of this building which were constructed using the old masonry fashion.  
    The current outlook of the Bezisten is relatively new construction (1899 – 1900).  It has rectangular shape and its inner side there is an open corridor that enables access to the two store shops aligned next to each other throughout the extensive walls of the building. There are four big entrances placed in the middle of each one of the facades.    
Link to the BEZISTAN set on Flickr.

BEZISTAN - view of the eastern entrance on Flickr.

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About BEZISTEN

Bezisten represents the first and most relevant trading facility in the city of Skopje during the first centuries of the Ottoman ruling. It is located in the center of the Old Bazaar of Skopje and it is surrounded by all sides with shops. The word “bezisten” is composed of the Arabic word bez (linen) and the Persian word (i)stan (selling place), implying that this place was exclusively meant for selling linen. This was the case at the beginning, however, later other goods were sold to the extent that craftsman`s shops were placed there.

There are sufficient sources and literature that indicate that the area where the Bezisten is currently located, dates from an earlier period as described on the inscription above the main entrance. Additional proof for that are several places around the extensive walls of this building which were constructed using the old masonry fashion.

The current outlook of the Bezisten is relatively new construction (1899 – 1900). It has rectangular shape and its inner side there is an open corridor that enables access to the two store shops aligned next to each other throughout the extensive walls of the building. There are four big entrances placed in the middle of each one of the facades.

Link to the BEZISTAN set on Flickr.

BEZISTAN - view of the interior on Flickr.Via Flickr:
    About BEZISTEN  
    Bezisten represents the first and most relevant trading facility in the city of Skopje during the first centuries of the Ottoman ruling. It is located in the center of the Old Bazaar of Skopje and it is surrounded by all sides with shops. The word “bezisten” is composed of the Arabic word bez (linen) and the Persian word (i)stan (selling place), implying that this place was exclusively meant for selling linen. This was the case at the beginning, however, later other goods were sold to the extent that craftsman`s shops were placed there.  
    There are sufficient sources and literature that indicate that the area where the Bezisten is currently located, dates from an earlier period as described on the inscription above the main entrance. Additional proof for that are several places around the extensive walls of this building which were constructed using the old masonry fashion.  
    The current outlook of the Bezisten is relatively new construction (1899 – 1900).  It has rectangular shape and its inner side there is an open corridor that enables access to the two store shops aligned next to each other throughout the extensive walls of the building. There are four big entrances placed in the middle of each one of the facades.    
Link to the BEZISTAN set on Flickr.

BEZISTAN - view of the interior on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
About BEZISTEN

Bezisten represents the first and most relevant trading facility in the city of Skopje during the first centuries of the Ottoman ruling. It is located in the center of the Old Bazaar of Skopje and it is surrounded by all sides with shops. The word “bezisten” is composed of the Arabic word bez (linen) and the Persian word (i)stan (selling place), implying that this place was exclusively meant for selling linen. This was the case at the beginning, however, later other goods were sold to the extent that craftsman`s shops were placed there.

There are sufficient sources and literature that indicate that the area where the Bezisten is currently located, dates from an earlier period as described on the inscription above the main entrance. Additional proof for that are several places around the extensive walls of this building which were constructed using the old masonry fashion.

The current outlook of the Bezisten is relatively new construction (1899 – 1900). It has rectangular shape and its inner side there is an open corridor that enables access to the two store shops aligned next to each other throughout the extensive walls of the building. There are four big entrances placed in the middle of each one of the facades.

Link to the BEZISTAN set on Flickr.

MUSTAFA PASHA`s MOSQUE - view of the portal on Flickr.Via Flickr:
About Mustafa Pasha`s Mosque:
Mustafa Pasha`s mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings of Islamic religious architecture in Skopje. Located on a hillside opposite of Fort Kale, this mosque dominates the whole surrounding and can be seen from every part of the town center.
It was built in the last decade of the 15th century when Macedonia was part of the Ottoman Empire. It is an endowment of Mustafa Pasha, a high ranking official in the Ottoman state. Above the entrance door to the mosque there is an inscription in Arabic dating from about the time when the mosque was built.
By the right front corner of the main cube stands a minaret which gives a vertical accent to the whole building Its upper part is a projecting balcony from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer. The minaret is about 47 meters high and its spiral staircase has 138 steps. 
On the outer east side of the mosque is Mustafa Pasha`s mausoleum. It is a closed type hexagonal mausoleum with a dome identically to that of the mosque. On the outer south part of the mosque there is a sarcophagus, which is suppose to be the grave of Umi, one of Mustafa Pasha`s daughters.
Link to MUSTAFA PASHA`s MOSQUE set.

MUSTAFA PASHA`s MOSQUE - view of the portal on Flickr.

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About Mustafa Pasha`s Mosque:

Mustafa Pasha`s mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings of Islamic religious architecture in Skopje. Located on a hillside opposite of Fort Kale, this mosque dominates the whole surrounding and can be seen from every part of the town center.

It was built in the last decade of the 15th century when Macedonia was part of the Ottoman Empire. It is an endowment of Mustafa Pasha, a high ranking official in the Ottoman state. Above the entrance door to the mosque there is an inscription in Arabic dating from about the time when the mosque was built.

By the right front corner of the main cube stands a minaret which gives a vertical accent to the whole building Its upper part is a projecting balcony from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer. The minaret is about 47 meters high and its spiral staircase has 138 steps.

On the outer east side of the mosque is Mustafa Pasha`s mausoleum. It is a closed type hexagonal mausoleum with a dome identically to that of the mosque. On the outer south part of the mosque there is a sarcophagus, which is suppose to be the grave of Umi, one of Mustafa Pasha`s daughters.

Link to MUSTAFA PASHA`s MOSQUE set.

MUSTAFA PASHA`s MOSQUE - south-eastern wall on Flickr.Via Flickr:
About Mustafa Pasha`s Mosque:
Mustafa Pasha`s mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings of Islamic religious architecture in Skopje. Located on a hillside opposite of Fort Kale, this mosque dominates the whole surrounding and can be seen from every part of the town center.
It was built in the last decade of the 15th century when Macedonia was part of the Ottoman Empire. It is an endowment of Mustafa Pasha, a high ranking official in the Ottoman state. Above the entrance door to the mosque there is an inscription in Arabic dating from about the time when the mosque was built.
By the right front corner of the main cube stands a minaret which gives a vertical accent to the whole building Its upper part is a projecting balcony from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer. The minaret is about 47 meters high and its spiral staircase has 138 steps. 
On the outer east side of the mosque is Mustafa Pasha`s mausoleum. It is a closed type hexagonal mausoleum with a dome identically to that of the mosque. On the outer south part of the mosque there is a sarcophagus, which is suppose to be the grave of Umi, one of Mustafa Pasha`s daughters.
Link to MUSTAFA PASHA`s MOSQUE set.

MUSTAFA PASHA`s MOSQUE - south-eastern wall on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
About Mustafa Pasha`s Mosque:

Mustafa Pasha`s mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings of Islamic religious architecture in Skopje. Located on a hillside opposite of Fort Kale, this mosque dominates the whole surrounding and can be seen from every part of the town center.

It was built in the last decade of the 15th century when Macedonia was part of the Ottoman Empire. It is an endowment of Mustafa Pasha, a high ranking official in the Ottoman state. Above the entrance door to the mosque there is an inscription in Arabic dating from about the time when the mosque was built.

By the right front corner of the main cube stands a minaret which gives a vertical accent to the whole building Its upper part is a projecting balcony from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer. The minaret is about 47 meters high and its spiral staircase has 138 steps.

On the outer east side of the mosque is Mustafa Pasha`s mausoleum. It is a closed type hexagonal mausoleum with a dome identically to that of the mosque. On the outer south part of the mosque there is a sarcophagus, which is suppose to be the grave of Umi, one of Mustafa Pasha`s daughters.

Link to MUSTAFA PASHA`s MOSQUE set.