Kosovo

There is a Sufi meeting house or “tekke” in Prizren, Kosovo. It is an unassuming place with out a minaret or anyone standing guard over protocol. One simply passes in through an open gateway and into a small courtyard with a fountain. There are a few buildings or rooms around the courtyard and a raised platform under a covered porch. There is a small room with windows and inside sit several coffins draped in white shrouds. It is very quiet and peaceful. I walked over to the sound of running water and saw this fountain. Two snakes wrapped around two staffs, two crossed swords, and a twelve sided top stone with a wrought iron Arabic script detail on top. I enjoyed my moment of peace and passed out to the street again. All religious places should be so low key and beautiful.


The Sey Osman Halveti Tekkesi

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The ablution fountain. Both are circa 1691.

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The Halveti order are also known as Whirling Dervishes and originated in Afghanistan and spread to the Balkans with the Ottoman Empire.

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