Korça, Eastern Albania’s main city
The single domed Xhamia e Mirahorit (Mirahori Mosque), dating from 1494, is the most ancient building in Korça and one of the most architecturally significant mosques in Albania. It was built on the foundations of an existing church and named after Koja Mirahor İlyas Bey, a Muslim convert, who had been active in the 1453 Ottoman siege of Constantinople. He became the city-founder of Korça. During the communist dictatorship, the building became a warehouse, and a powerful earthquake on 21 May 1960 destroyed the minaret; the mosque became operational again in January 1991.