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Ahmed Bey Mosque
Georgi Yordanov

Ahmed Bey Mosque

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The former Ahmed Bey Mosque, also known as “Indzhili” (Christian), in Kyustendil is now the local museum’s exhibition hall. It is located in the centre of the town near another sight – the Roman thermae. Some legends say it was built upon the foundation of a medieval Bulgarian church dedicated to St. Nedelya. The mosque was built in the middle of 15 century and was given a wide dome and marble pillars and supports as well as the brick decoration typical of Bulgarian architecture. In 18 century it was reconstructed and widened. The entrance arch, roofed by three small domes, has preserved its original look. The minaret was removed at the beginning of 20 century after a strong earthquake damaged it.

 

Today the mosque is not functioning. The building has been declared an architectural-construction monument of culture of national importance.

 

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