Photographer's Note

‘Bitola's Ottoman Heritage’

The Ottoman presence of 500 years in North Macedonia (from the end of the 14th century to the beginning the 20th century) has left clear traces in the country.

During that period a large number of buildings were erected, profane as well as sacred in nature.
The construction of Ottoman buildings reached its peak in the 15th and 16th centuries with a large number of
mosques, baths, covered bazaars, inns, serais, …
Their architecture captures the imagination of western visitors.

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At the end of Širok Sokak, the main pedestrian street you will find Magnolia Square where I took my main photo and 2 of the 4 photos in the WS.

The equestrian statue in the center is obviously not Ottoman.
It’s a statue of King Philip II, the founder of the ancient Macedonian city of Heraclea which was the forerunner of the present-day city of Bitola.

To the right of the statue you see the Yeni Mosque (or New Mosque). See photo in the WS.
It was built in 1558-1559. Today it houses an art gallery.

A little further away on the left of the statue you see the Ishak Çelebi Mosque. A photo will follow next time.
This is the largest mosque in Bitola. It was built in 1506 and was named after its founder, Judge Ishak Çelebi.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6806 W: 24 N: 16069] (62944)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2018-07-19
  • Esposizione: 1/21 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-01-23 23:53
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