About this building
This is a mosque in the Tekke (a Ottoman monastery of dervishes) of Gjirokastër. It was also known by the locals as the Mesh Mosque.
Also known as Memi Bey Mosque, it is located in the old bazaar of the neighborhood, hence the nickname. It is the only one out of city's thirteen mosques suevived from demolition.
The Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos, Labovë e Kryqit is one of the oldest in Albania. The building is typically Byzantine with a high central dome and a cross plan. The main entrance to the church is through a newer narthex. There are at least 9 distinct levels of frescoes painted on the surface of the interior walls. The church, as we see it today, dates mainly from the 13th century, from the time of the Despotate of Epirus, although a first foundation is dated to the time of Emperor Justinian in the years 527-565 e.j.