Section of the painted decorative balcony of the Prayer hall of the Helveti Tekke or Teqe e Helvetive, a Bektashi Sufi shrine of the Helveti sect built in the 15th century and rebuilt by Ahmet Kurt Pasha in 1782, with mihrab on the far wall, in Berat, South-Central Albania, capital of the District of Berat and the County of Berat. The ceiling is decorated in the Baroque style adopted by Islamic art and 14 carat gold has been used. The tekke is composed of a square prayer hall, an external portico (with columns from Appolonia) and a room which housed the mausoleum of Ahmet Kurt Pasha and his son. On the inner walls are 8 frescoes of houses, muslim religious buildings and gardens. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Section of the painted decorative balcony of the Prayer hall of the Helveti Tekke or Teqe e Helvetive, a Bektashi Sufi shrine of the Helveti sect built in the 15th century and rebuilt by Ahmet Kurt Pasha in 1782, with mihrab on the far wall, in Berat, South-Central Albania, capital of the District of Berat and the County of Berat. The ceiling is decorated in the Baroque style adopted by Islamic art and 14 carat gold has been used. The tekke is composed of a square prayer hall, an external...
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