Molla Bey of Petrela

Molla Mehmet Bey known as Molla Bey of Petrela (d.1806[1] or 1808[2]) was an Ottoman-Albanian religious leader and benefactor from Tirana. Born with the name Mehmet, he was a descendant of Sulejman Pasha Bargjini, the Ottoman general from nearby Mullet who transformed Tirana into a developed commercial and religious center.

Molla Bey started the construction of the Et'hem Bey Mosque, a Cultural Monument of Albania, and also a point of reference due to its location in the Scanderbeg square, the main square of Tirana. The construction year lies between 1791 and 1794. Various sources place the start year in 1791,[1] 1793 (1208 in Hijri),[2] or 1794,[1] and after Molla Bey's death his son Haxhi Etëhem Bey Mollaj finished it in 1819 or 1821.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d H.T.Norris (1993), Islam in the Balkans: Religion and Society Between Europe and the Arab World, University of South Carolina Press, pp. 77–78, ISBN 9780872499775, OCLC 28067651
  2. ^ a b Türk Arşivciler Derneği (2007), Arşiv dünyası, Istanbul, p. 86, OCLC 464762117