Lead Mosque

Xhamia e Plumbit, Shkodër, Albania

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The Lead Mosque or Mosque of Mehmet Pasha Bushat is a first-class culture monument in Shkodra. Among the numerous works constructed in Shkodra by successive heirs and great rulers such as the Bushatllins, is the Lead Mosque, which recognizes as its construction year in 1773. This is also confirmed by the engraving of the inscribed carved on the plaque located on the main door of this mosque, which states: “Year 1187 AH is the date of construction of the great mosque of Mehmet Pasha, god of charities.” And below: “Year 1280 is the repair date of the mosque by its guardian Mahmut Berberi.” Namely, these two dates of the Islamic calendar coincide with the years 1773 and 1863.

What is to be noted on the life of this mosque, in addition to the fact that this rare cult-style cult temple is a sign of a high welfare state of Tabake’s old quarter in the second half of the 18th century and over the last century, is the painful story of lead cubes, which, more than once, became the object of thefts and robberies.

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