Sultan's Mosque


The 16th-century Sultan's Mosque is one of the oldest in Albania. The Helveti teqe (a place of worship for those practising the Bektashi branch of Islam) behind the mosque has a beautiful carved ceiling and was specially designed with acoustic holes to improve the quality of sound during meetings. The Helveti, like the Bektashi, are a dervish order, or brotherhood, of Muslim mystics.

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1. Mangalem Quarter


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2. Bachelors' Mosque

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The 19th-century Bachelors' Mosque is down by the Osumi River. It was built for unmarried shop assistants and junior craftsmen, and is perched between…

3. Ethnographic Museum

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4. Lead Mosque

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The big mosque just off the town square is the 16th-century Lead Mosque, so named because of the lead coating its sphere-shaped dome.

5. Red Mosque

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The Red Mosque, by the southern Kala walls, was the first mosque in Berat and dates back to the 15th century.

6. Chapel of St Michael

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7. Kalaja

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8. Onufri Museum

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