Mosque in Gjirokastër
The Bazaar Mosque which, was built in 1757, is located in the Old Bazaar neighborhood in Gjirokastër, Albania. Initially it was built as part of Memi Pasha’s urban plan of the neighborhood, unfortunately a fire the following century, destroyed almost everything apart from the mosque.
In the 20th century the mosque was also spared from destruction during the communist years due to its antiquity, the twelve other mosques in the town were destroyed. The mosque was used as a circus training center during those years, but did change to a only to return to being a Muslim school. in the 1990s.
Near the mosque is a two-story octagonal building, built in 1727 and was used as a Bektashi cemevi until the communist period.
Other names of Gjirokastër Mosque
The Gjirokastër Mosque has the following names: Memi Bey Mosque, Xhamia e Memi Beut (Albanian).