City Tekke (Vučitrn)

The City Tekke of Vučitrn is a tomb and a cultural heritage monument in Vučitrn, Kosovo. It is named a teqe or tekke because the local Sufi monastery or khanqah, so named in the region, is nearby.[1]

City Tekke and Shrine
Native name
Albanian: Teqja e Qytetit Tyrbe
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LocationVučitrn, Kosovo
Built19th century
Invalid designation
TypeArchitectural
CriteriaUnder protection
Reference no.X023 (1141/101010)

HistoryEdit

The tomb lies at the center of the city park, near the schools. The octagonal crypt contains six graves, said to belong to Sufi sheikhs but also speculated to be those of high-ranking Ottoman soldiers. A shrine cult has emerged around the tomb, where candles are lit and thin metal sleeves thrown in. Those seeking luck or holding vigil will often be found there.

The graves once stretched all the way to the sports fields, but the gravestones were flattened into the current park by the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia government after World War II. This fate also befell the graves on the western side of the Old Fortress near the Vojinović Tower. The oral recounting of shrine custodian Ajet Havarda holds that the tekke was built 200 years ago.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vushtrria - Viciana me rrethinë". Kuvendi Komunal i Vushtrrisë. Shtypshkronjën Rilindja: 483. 2003.
  2. ^ "Ura e Vjetër e Gurit në Vushtrri". Vushtrriantike. November 15, 2016. Archived from the original on July 19, 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2020.

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