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The Kursumli An is one of the three old trading inns of Skopje.
The other two old trading inns are the Suli An (which now houses the Museum of the Old Skopje Bazaar) and the Kapan An, now home to various restaurants.
The Kursumli An dates back to the 15th or 16th century, when it was a trading inn that had stables for up to 100 horses and 60 rooms.
The name Kursumli An (meaning Lead Inn in Turkish) comes from the lead that used to be on the roof of the inn.
In 1878 the building became the prison of Skopje under Ottoman regime.
The Kursumli An now houses archeological expositions of the Museum of Macedonia. It works as a lapidarium, a collection of (grave) stones etc.
You have to ask the museum to have the Kursumli An opened, as it is almost always closed.
Next to the inn there were two smaller buildings: The Kazandziler mosque, built around the 17th century) and the Gulciler Hamam (bath) or Sengul Amam, from the 15th century, the remains of which can still be found next to the Kursumli An.
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In order to protect the roof Turks are using widely plumbic domes.Kursunlu han means "Plumbic Inn".In the sources, Kursunlu han is mentioned as a memorial of Molla Muslihiddin Hodza. It s decoratively built ,walls and the numerous domes in shape of pyramids. Today, the complex of the Museum of Macedonia is located within the Turkish bath. Some exhibits from the Archaeological Museum and lapidarium have been placed in the han.The Yard of Kursunlu han during the summer period is being used for organizing of cultural manifestations: dramatic performances, concerts, literature readings…
In the sources, Kursumli an is mentioned as a memorial of Mula Musledin Hodza. Kursumli An acts impressively and delightfully with its monumentality, decoratively built walls and the numerous domes in shape of pyramids. Today, the complex of the Museum of Macedonia is located within the Turkish bath. The Yard of Kursumli-an during the summer period is being used for organizing of cultural manifestations: dramatic performances, concerts, literature readings…
These are the remains of what I was told was a Turkish Inn -- where wayfarers would stay. It is used in the summer for concerts and other events.
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