King Mosque – Visitor information

King Mosque – Visitor information

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**Xhamia Mbret (The Royal Mosque): A Historical and Architectural Marvel**


Xhamia Mbret, also known as the Sultan Bajazit Mosque, stands as a testament to Berat’s rich history, undergoing transformations since its initial construction in the late 15th century. Renovations in 1832-1833 preserved this cultural and religious monument, securing its place in the social-faith complex alongside tekes, libraries, and dervish residences. Notable features include two monumental tombs and a minaret base from the 15th century.


– **Minaret Base:** Dating back to the late 15th century, the minaret’s base showcases the claustron technique.

**19th-Century Additions:** In the 19th century, a large northern portico was added to accommodate the growing number of worshippers. The portico, slightly wider than the prayer hall, features arcades supported by stone columns and pilasters.

– **Interior Composition:** Xhamia Mbret stands out for its distinctive interior composition. The prayer hall, illuminated by six windows, features three entrances and a mezzanine built into the northern portico.

**Interior Features:**

– **Mihrab:** The mihrab, with intricate bas-reliefs, is situated on the eastern side.

– **Minbar:** A raised minbar with stairs serves as the imam’s place during religious ceremonies.

**Mafils:** Beautifully crafted mafils, elevated with wooden columns, provide additional prayer space in the portico. External stone stairs lead to the mafil from the eastern entrance.

**Architectural Details:**

– **Ceiling:** The wooden ceiling, a masterpiece of artistic craftsmanship, incorporates rosettes, wood carvings, and vibrant colors.

**Entrance to Mafil:** External stone stairs, adjacent to the eastern entrance, lead to the mafil.

**Dating and Restoration:**

– **First Phase:** The initial construction aligns with the reign of Sultan Bajazit II (1481-1512), supported by inscriptions deciphered on the mosque’s mafil. Archaeologist Leon Rey suggests a dating of 1492 based on the name.

– **Second Phase:** In the mid-19th century, a partial reconstruction included the addition of a stone colonnade and the restoration of the prayer hall, mimicking the technique of stone squaring and tile fragment placement.

**Visitor Information:**

– **Operating Hours:** 08:30 – 18:00; No entrance fee.

– **Dress Code:** Visitors are requested to respect the dress code.

– **Prayer Times:** Avoid entering during prayer times out of respect for worshippers.

Xhamia Mbret stands as a living testament to Berat’s historical and architectural richness, inviting visitors to explore its cultural significance.

Visitor Information:

Opening Hours:
Every day From 08:30 – 20:30

Avoid pray time – no entrance allow during pray

Fee – Fre of charge – you can donate at the donation box

Visitors can spend about 20 minutes visiting King mosque
No facilities
Vehicles and busses can reach 20 meters from the mosque
The mosque is suitable for people with disabilities.