Photographer's Note

‘Tetovo’s Painted Mosque - 1’

For a change, I'm moving to another European country.
This with pictures of one of the most beautiful mosques I ever saw. Not the biggest, not the most expensive, but still a very special one. For me one of the most beautiful mosques.

You don't have to go to the Middle East or further into Asia for it.
In the heart of the Balkans in the country that has recently been renamed North Macedonia.
In the northwest (less than an hour's drive from the capital) is the country's third largest city: Tetovo (in Macedonian: Тетово, in Albanian: Tetovë)
The majority of the inhabitants are Albanian. Macedonians make up the second largest group.

Šarena Džamija is the name of the mosque.
That means ‘Decorated Mosque’ but often it is translated as ‘Painted Mosque’.
With its elegant and elaborate decorations, the Šarena Džamija is one of the rare Ottoman-era historical structures in North Macedonia.

It was originally built in 1438 and later rebuilt in 1833.
The mosque owes its name to the countless painted panels that cover the facades.
More than 30.000 eggs were needed to develop the binder contained in the paint.
The panels were completely restored in 2010 and 2011.

Photos of the Šarena Džamija were previously shown on TE, but the last one dates from 6 years ago.
If I’m not mistaken, this mosque isn’t yet on the palmares of Malgo, Chris or Gert who once shared photos of North Macedonia.

If you don't look at the WS, you'll miss a lot of beauty :)

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6799 W: 24 N: 16063] (62920)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2018-07-14
  • Esposizione: f/0.1, 1/21 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-11-18 10:34
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