Albești Mosque


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  The current building is made of stone, has a rectangular shape and has two rooms: the prayer hall and a vestibule. The latter is made later, being attached to the northern part of the building, where the exit from the mosque was. The differences are visible in the frames of the windows, the doors at the exit from the prayer hall and the one in the vestibule, but also in the type of stone shaping used for the two stages of construction. Also, the part of the building corresponding to the prayer hall has in the structure of the walls on the east, south and west sides wooden beams, placed immediately under the roof.

The entrance to the prayer room has a stone arch with a 3-segment arch. To the right of the entrance are seven stone stones that are inscribed in Arabic characters. The mihrab in the prayer room is a niche carved into the south wall of the building and is painted with a blue background over which a few little flowers are presents. The rest of the walls are plastered and painted with a geometric pattern. The plaster is applied directly over the walls. Flower are painted in the corners on either side of the mihrab. In the right corner is the minbar, made of wood, with 7 steps. The ceiling of the prayer room is made of wooden slats and the roof is covered with tiles. The floor is made of wood. The windows in the prayer room, seven in number, two on the east, south and three on the west wall, are flared inwards. One of the windows on the west wall, located near the northwest corner, is smaller. On the outside, a rosette is carved on the keystone of the windows. Also from the outside you can see a small window placed above the mihrab but which has no correspondent on the inside.

In the vestibule the walls are painted white. The vestibule has two windows, one to the west and one to the north, and a door on the east side. The window from the north seems to have been made later, by filling a previously existing door. This hypothesis is also reinforced by the fact that in the vestibule, both in the east and in the west, there are two raised pedestals from the ground. It is possible that the current vestibule was a porch later closed and transformed into a room. The existing access door is made of wood and the entrance has an arch made of stones attached with mortar.

There are no traces of the minaret outside.


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