NOVI PAZAR CITY AREA
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List The city of Novi Pazar is situated within the STARI RAS AND SOPOCANI AREA which in 1979 entered the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage List.
The Novi Pazar Spa is a multilayer archaeological site discovered by Sir Arthur Evans in 1883. Only partly investigated, the site includes: four grave mounds from the late Bronze period, two bigger tumuli with the graves dating from the late stage of the early Bronze period, remains of a chapel and a shrine dating from 2nd-3rd century, the remains of a church dating from the end of 4th or beginning of 5th century, as well as remains of a basilica dating from 6th century. The time of the construction of the Turkish Bath  has not been precisely established yet, but it is believed that the Bath was built immediately upon the Turkish settlement in these parts (the middle of the 15th century), since the spring of hot mineral waters, also used in Roman times, enabled the bath to be constructed. The building is of a single type, so it cannot be used simultaneously by both men and women. The interior rooms, their size and arrangement, as well as the outer look of the bath correspond to the classic type of Turkish baths. As a cultural property, the Bath is under legal protection.

According to the data obtained from the Regional Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments in Kraljevo and the National Museum in Novi Pazar, these structures were directly endangered by repeated detonations.

The Old City Center is directly endangered by repeated NATO attacks since April 24th.

The Fortress is in the center of Novi Pazar, on a mound in the area of the city park. Those are the wall ramparts of a Turkish fortress featuring immense historical and urban values. The fortress is of a triangular plan with strong defense towers. The data are scarce, but they suggest that it was built in the 60's of 15th century upon order of Isa-Bey Ishakovic, the founder of Novi Pazar. The fortress was being added new buildings from the end of 17th to the middle of 19th century.

During the heavy day bombardment of Novi Pazar on May 30th detonations occurred in the nearest vicinity.

 

 

The Altun-Alem Mosque is one of the most famous of the Ottoman sacred edifices and is situated in the enclosed area that also includes a religious school. It was built by a famous master builder Abdul Gani in the first half of 16th century. It has a dome and a spacious porch covered with cupolas, which was not a characteristic for these parts. The interior consists of an nicely shaped niche (mihrab) and a wooden gallery (mahvil).

During the heavy day bombardment of Novi Pazar on May 30th detonations occurred in the nearest vicinity.

 

 

The Amir-Aga's Han is one of the two preserved inns (han) and its beauty surpasses the other. It is situated in the centre of the city and is supposed that it dates from 17th century. In its architectural characteristics it differs from the typical buildings of the kind: the shape of the plan was done according to the street corners, and the main part consists of a ground floor and the first floor (which served as guest bedrooms), whereas other parts were for the cattle. The building was revitalized and today serves as a restaurant - catering house.

During the heavy day bombardment of Novi Pazar on May 30th detonations occurred in the nearest vicinity.

 

 

The Hamam (Turkish Bath), situated in the very center of the city, was constructed in the 60's of 15th century as an endowment of Isa-bey Ishakovic, the founder of the City of Novi Pazar. It is a rare example of simetrical structure with the facilities for simultanious bathing gor men and women.

During the heavy day bombardment of Novi Pazar on May 30th detonations occurred in the nearest vicinity.