Suli An in Skopje

Suli An is located in the Old Skopje Bazaar, near Cifte Amam.

The An (inn) was located facing the main entrance to river Serava, near which today passes the major road that borders with the Bazaar.
The name “Suli An,” is translation from the Turkish word “su” meaning water or “watery inn”, probably because its location near the Serava River.
Suli An was built by Isaac Bay, in the first half of the fifteenth century. With facilities Murat Pasa Mosque and Cifte Amam, which have been linked to the bazaar, the An makes an urban whole, characteristic of older urban concepts. By architectural solution is similar to Kursumli An, and it can be said it belonged to the group of Caravan saray.
The building has a ground floor and first floor made with massive walls and arches. Ground-floor rooms were used for storage of goods (magazines), while the rooms on the upper floor served for overnight traders and travelers. Suli An is built of stone and brick, and the appearance of the original roof structure is not known. It is believed that after the fire started by the Austrian commander Piccolomini in 1689, the inn was badly damaged and later repaired. In the earthquake of 1963, it again hardly suffered so that its walls were demolished to ashes.
Suli An was reconstructed in 1972 and today within are located the Museum of the Old Bazaar and the Skopje Faculty of Arts.

 

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