The mosque was built in 1537 by the famous Ottoman Turkish architect Mimar Sinan during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. It is famouse for the intricate brick work.
The Hajji Bendo Mosque is one of the works of Ottoman architecture in Albania, built in the 18th century during the reign of Ali Pasha (1788-1822). The mosque was damaged during the communist period. Its dome, once made of red brick, is now covered with concrete. The Muslim frescoes and murals in the mosque are in danger of disappearing. Half of its stone minaret has disappeared.
The Ardenica Monastery was erected by the Byzantine Emperor Andronikos II Palaiologos in 1282 in honour of his victory over the Kingdom of Sicily during the siege of Berat. Closed and in a state of ruin in 1967, the monastery was saved thanks to its reputation as the wedding venue of Skanderbeg (1443 - 1468), Albanian national hero. The monastery has been rebuilt since 1988.