Colorful mosque (Шарена џамија) in Tetovo is one of the most representative monuments of architecture and art from the Ottoman period in Republic of Macedonia.
The mosque as excellent example of Islamic art, originates from the end of 15th century and its most recognized by its internal and external decoration which is an expression of the supreme achievements of experienced masters of Debar.
The inscription above the front door of the mosque reveals that the present form originates from the first half of the 19th century, when it was built on the foundations of another older building.
Colorful mosque is known also as “Pashina” Mosque, named after Abdurahman-Pasha, a Turkish feudal ruler in the Tetovo region who invested in the reconstruction and expansion of the mosque.
This religious object is unique for its beauty and it figures prominently in anthologies of Islamic architecture.
It is a single square room construction, which combines Baroque and Neoclassical Ottoman building styles. The most experienced masters from Debar are credited with the unique and colorful ornaments adorning the mosque. On the East, North, and South facades vertical fields are painted in fresco technique in four rows, with the most remarkable being the South side facing the main road to Gostivar.
Especially attractive is the depiction of Mecca, a rarity and perhaps the only example of the illustration of the shrine of the Prophet Muhammad in Southeast Europe.