Photographer's Note

Xhamia Ebu Bekr ( Cami Abu Bakr) is known as the Lead Mosque, because of the domed cupola ceilings of this mosque that were lined with lead. "During the 1900s, the mosque begun to be damaged and the lead that covered the cupolas was gradually stolen. In 1916, the remaining lead was removed by the Austrian army during the Austrian rule in Albania. In 1967, lightning destroyed its minaret, which had been previously reconstructed in 1920 by Xhelal Bushati, descendant of Mehmed Bushati. State atheism. In 1967, Lead Mosque was closed down, just like the other religious institutions, after the anti-religious communist leader Enver Hoxha declared Albania an atheist state. Unlike many mosques that were destroyed during this time, it survived from the communist regime, probably because it was declared a Cultural Monument in 1948." It reopened in 1990. More info here:,_Shkod%C3%ABr

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