• Denomination: Asagi Baf Masjid and Ottoman Fountain

  • District: Paphos

  • Town/Village: Kato Paphos

  • Category: Masjid

  • Religion: Muslim

  • A.Monument: No

  • Ref#: 358

Description (Typology, Period, Actual Use)

A complex consisting of a large yard, which is raised from the street level and with the whitewashed mosque, located in the SW corner. A flight of steps, flanked by two granite column drums (no doubt taken from the adjacent Roman basilica) are situated on the lower west side of the plot and these lead up to the level of the mosque. To the right of the steps there is a stone built rectangular fountain, on the actual street corner, facing west. The fountain is built of local sandstone blocks and is composed of a pointed arched niche into which is embedded a basin (which is actually an ancient marble sarcophagus) while a vertical marble plaque is placed vertically into the arched niche of the fountain. The plaque is carved in relief, with a bead cornice separating three medallions. The side jambs of the arch rest on ornate medieval marble capitals, which Enlart sketches and describes as seeing at the Mussala mosque. The date placed in a niche over the marble medallion is 1981 (in modern numerals). The mosque itself is a single room structure with a symmetrical fašade facing north, with a central arched main entrance flanked by two identical tall windows. The date over the doorway, cut into a metal plaque and assembled into a concentric grille reads, the same date as that over the fountain but this time in old Ottoman numerals. Pairs of windows flank the other sides of the mosque. The roof is two pitched and supported by a metal H-beam and with barely protruding eaves towards the north and south slopes. All of the openings bear extruded stone frames while the openings o the main north fašade are crowned with keystones. The windows have plain bargeboard shutters while the doorway may be of a later date and has an arched clerestory window covered over by a metal grille. All the corners of the building are accentuated by stone rustication. In general, the detail work of the mosque attests to architecture of the British colonial era. The mosque appears to have been part of a complex including a hamam, whixh is located immediately to the souuth of the mosque buildig and bears the same name.

General Conditions

Structure: Repaired

Facade: Repaired

Roof: Repaired

Interior: Repaired

Decoration: Repaired

Mass: Preserved

Humidity: Non Existing

Comments: Humidity: None.

Building Materials

Technical Details/Materials Used

Walls: Plastered load bearing stone

Roof: Two-pitched tiled

Floors: Polished cement

Doors: Pressed of later date

Windows: Bargeboard painted green

Interior

Icons: No

Hagiography: No

Michrap: Yes

Small Signs: Yes

Architect Plans

Architect Plans: No

Cadastral Elements: Not Available

Proposed Protection Measures

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