The Halveti Tekke (Albanian: Teqeja e Helvetive) is a Cultural Monument of Albania, located in Berat.[1] The teqe (cemevi in Turkish) was built in 1782 from Ahmet Kurt Pasha and pertained to the Khalwati order, a Sufi sect.[2]

Halveti Tekke
Native name
Albanian: Teqeja e Helvetive
Coordinates40°42′22″N 19°57′09″E / 40.7060°N 19.9525°E / 40.7060; 19.9525
ArchitectAhmet Kurt Pasha
Halveti Tekke, Berat is located in Albania
Halveti Tekke, Berat
Location of Halveti Tekke in Albania

The tekke is composed of the prayer hall with a square plan, a small ambience for special religious services and a gracious portico in front of the entrance to the prayer hall. In the prayer hall is a mafil carved in wood and decorated. On the eastern side of the prayer hall is the mihrab decorated with stone stalactites. The inner walls have been decorated with eight frescoes, depicting dwelling houses, Muslim religious buildings and landscapes.[3]

The walls below the frescoes are covered by holes that improve the acoustics in the prayer hall. The ceiling of the prayer hall is made of wood and is decorated with paintings. The ceiling has been decorated in the Baroque style adopted in Islamic art and is covered with 14 carat gold plates. The inner decorations were carried out by Master Dush Barka. Attached to the prayer hall is a room in which once was the mausoleum of Ahmet Kurt Pasha and his son. The portico of the tekke has five stone columns which were taken from the ancient Greek city of Apollonia. Above the main door in the portico is an inscription dedicated to the values of the tekke and to Ahmet Kurt Pasha. Monuments dating to the late Ottoman period from the Albanian Vrioni family exist such as the gate to a former palace and a tomb, other monuments are from the Vlora family.[4]


  1. ^ "Religious buildings with the "Culture Monument" status". Republic of Albania National Committee for Cult. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Teqja e Helvetive" (in Albanian). Retrieved 6 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ The Halveti Tekke Retrieved 6 May 2024.
  4. ^ Kiel, Machiel (1990). Ottoman architecture in Albania, 1385-1912. Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture. p. 52. ISBN 978-92-9063-330-3.