Han Yusuf Maškovića in Vrana was built in the 17th century and served for civilian purposes as a hangout, resting and residences. The facility is funded and commissioned the construction of Yusuf Mašković, high dignitary in the Turkish court, a native of Vrana or from Pakoštane. Begin at the onset of the Candian war in 1644 and due to the death of Yusuf Mašković in January 1646, has not been completed. The facility is sumptuous and monumental and it should serve as an inn and residence Mašković for the old days. It is the westernmost monument secular Turkish architecture in Europe. After the final liberation of Vrana 1699, Han is assigned to the property of the family Borelli that from there manages the entire Vrana feud between 1752 and 1881. To date, the Han staying descendants Borelli foreman, family Pelicarić, thanks to which this monument preserved is of much greater destruction. Most of the damage from the tan buildings that are committed partisans taking hana after the war ended in 1945.
The site has been maintained at around 50% of its original appearance. It is obvious that it is not completed in the planned form and that there are plenty of successive upgrades that are distinct from the original. The defensive walls are quite preserved a stone missing is around. From the original building structure preserved parts except the walls of the residences on the east side, main building, the remains of the building on the west side of the pavilion in the middle. Preserved several architectural elements of Islamic pointed arch and “bulbs”. Based on the remains of the original building can reconstruct the layout of the entire object and purpose of individual buildings.
Maškovića Han in Vrana has the status of individually protected cultural property and cultural property of national importance and is entered in the Register of Cultural Assets.
Han is extremely monumental and representative building of a rectangular shape, surface area greater than 3000 square meters. It was built as a fortress and built of finely cut stone blocks.
The interior is divided into two parts: the larger intended for placement and hosting traveler and somewhat smaller, which was probably the residence of the owner Yusuf Maškovića. The han is entered through a gate established on the ground floor of the main residential building. Opposite the entrance is an open pavilion – a fountain – dissolved arches, under what used to be a fountain of water. On the south wall is located down the dormitory – and each room had its own fireplace. In contrast to the houses, are the remains of outbuildings and swimming – hamam. On the peripheral wall of a small courtyard has been preserved down the niche – the fireplace which alternate in a regular rhythm with narrow openings loophole. Islamic construction element in particular is recognized in the form of arches that are sharp, built very precisely cut stone.
A few years ago we started the reconstruction and completion of this building. The contract value is 2.7 million euros, of which 75% EU funds and 25% of the funds will be provided by the Ministry of Culture Croatian. Renovation hana and economic revitalization of Vrana funded under the European Union Programme for Croatia IPA 2009. This is the first project for which the Ministry of Culture received money from EU funds. The basic idea of the project was to revitalize the facilities necessary for economic recovery places. Han will be a multi-use complex that will be a small hotel, shops, a collection of local archaeological finds, restaurant, space for various events and gatherings. It will allow to the financial viability of the monument as well as the economic development of the place.
After years of reconstruction, opened the newly decorated Maškovića han. Han is a multi-use complex that will be a small hotel, shops, a collection of local archaeological finds, restaurant, space for various events and gatherings. It will allow to the financial viability of the monument as well as the economic development of the place.
In addition to cultural values, visitors can enjoy the good food, I can spend the night, and it gives a special charm and experience.
A selection of photos Maškovića hana showing the building before and after renovation.
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