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The Occasional Pilgrim: Sinan Pasha Mosque (Photos)

(RNS) Travel to the Sunan Pasha Mosque in the heart of Kosovo, the newest old country nestled in the heart of the Balkans in this slide show of a sacred place.

The walls of the mosque are punctuated by small prayer cubbies where the faithful can sit and study the Quran or pray, slowing down  while the city speeds past outside.

The Occasional Pilgrim is an online feature from the staff of Religion News Service, highlighting pilgrimage destinations from around the world.

In the heart of the Balkan city of Prizren, on the banks of the Bistrica River, stands the majestic Sinan Pasha Mosque, a relic of the newly-minted country of Kosovo‘s Ottoman past. Built in 1615 by Sofi Sinan Pasha, the bey of Budim, today it is the oldest and grandest of the city’s 26 mosques. Nestled in the old quarter of the city on Shadervan square, its open doors offer pilgrims and passersby a respite from the bustle and heat of the town with its elaborately painted frescoes, hidden prayer cubbies and soft carpeting. Photos by Kimberly Winston.