Open post Isak Mosque in Bitola

Isak Mosque

Isak Mosque is largest and main mosque in Bitola, situated along the north bank of the Dragor River.
Built in 1506, the whole mosque complex was ideally situated between the government buildings, covered bazaar Bezisten and the Big Bridge to the other side of the river connecting it with the main street Sirok Sokak.

Isak Mosque – Bitola 1848 – Painting by Edward Lear

Isak Mosque - Bitola 1848 - Painting by Edward Lear

View toward Isak Mosque H.Catenacci Bitola 1878

View toward Isak Mosque H.Catenacci Monastir (Bitola) 1878

Jewish bazaar in Bitola with Isak Mosque 1915

Jewish bazaar in Bitola with Isak Mosque 1915

Panorama of Bitola with Isak Mosque 1916

Panorama of Bitola with Isak Mosque 1916

Popularly known as Ishakkiye, this monumental mosque was named after its founder, Judge Ishak Çelebi ibn Isa, son of Isa Fakıh.
After being a judge in Salonica for many years, Ishak Çelebi was appointed to the Kadi’s bench in Manastır (Bitola) where he moved with his family.

Today Isak mosque is a monument of culture of first category in Republic of Macedonia, which with its spectacular size and 50 meter high minaret dominates the area and can be seen from many sides of the city.


The complete mosque was recently restored by the Turkish International Agency for Cooperation and Development – TIKA.

Isak Mosque - Bitola, Macedonia

Open post Yeni Mosque Bitola (Јени џамија)

Yeni Mosque Bitola

Yeni Mosque in Bitola is located in the city center on the right side of the River Dragor near the Clock Tower. It was built by Kadi Mahmud Effendi in 1558-59, and in Bitola is known as Yeni (Turkish for  – New) Mosque.

The base of the mosque is square, covered with a dome. Next to the mosque is a minaret, which reaches a height of over 40 m.

Yeni Mosque with Clock Tower and Pekmez Bazaar during the First World War

Yeni Mosque with Clock Tower and Pekmez Bazaar during the First World War

Until recently the premises of the mosque were used as art gallery, and later started archaeological research that showed that the mosque was built on the foundations of the old church of St. George, which existed at that place.

Today the archaeological surveys are completed, and Yeni Mosque is expected to be adapted again into an art gallery, but this time with a glass floor, through which could be seen the remains of the church St. George.

Yeni Mosque Bitola - Dome

Yeni Mosque Bitola

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