Tetovo – Painted Mosque and Arabati Baba Teke
Tetovo’s beautiful Painted Mosque is like something out of the. Arabian Tales and quite unique in the Balkans. First built in the 15th century, it was razed to the ground two centuries later in a great fire that annihilated half the city; the design and architecture you see today is a 19th-century reconstruction. The facade is a patchwork of rectangular panels worked in a fresco technique; inside, the decoration becomes rich and floral, with geometric and arabesque ornamentation.
The mosque’s design was masterminded by Abdurrahman Pasha of Tetovo, hence the name Pasha’s Mosque (though it is much more widely known simply as the Painted Mosque).
The mosque sits on the southern bank of the Pena River, which bisects Tetovo. The town itself is a largely modern place and there’s little to keep you here.
History of Arabati Baba Teke
The teke was built in 1538 – just 30 years after the Tetovo Monastery – around the türbe tomb of Sersem Ali Baba, an Ottoman Dervish. It was augmented in 1799 and turned into a large precinct for the local Bektashi community. The Bektashi were expelled from the area in 1912 and the teke was left in ruins. Later, it was designated state property of Yugoslavia and turned into a hotel and museum.
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