Kapllan Pasha Tomb
Monument in Tirana
The Kapllan Pasha Tomb or in Albanian the ‘Tyrbja e Kapllan Pashës’ is a Muslim Türbe located in the center of Tirana. A türbe is the Turkish word for ‘tomb’, and this would be a Bektashi shrine marking the burial place of a Ottoman royal or other notable person.
It was part of Sylejman Pasha Mosque, which was destroyed during the Second World War. The complex used to include six similar tyrbes however the only tomb that survives today is that of Kapllan Pasha, the Ottoman administrator of Tirana, who died in 1819.
Kapllan Pasha’s remains were later exhumed and reburied in Istanbul. The tomb is empty but the structure remains as a cultural monument, as it is a remnant of the first Tirana mosque. The monument has recently been restored.
It was built in the early 19th century, with carved stones and has an octagonal shape and is four metres in height. The columns are made of stone, and placed also on stone bases and capitals with plant decor on the surface. The former ruler of Tirana was interned here in the 19th century, but was later repatriated back to Istanbul, Turkey.
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