Kosovo is a country where there are many interesting historical sites and buildings, along with a lovely varied landscape of mountains, valleys, lakes and plains.
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Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, is a city that is rich in history with many interesting buildings to see, particularly in the old quarter of the city. The Cathedral of the Blessed Mother Teresa has great views across Pristina from its very tall bell tower. There are some interesting mosques to visit in the city, including Jashar Pasha Mosque built in the 19th century with its tall minaret, and the Sultan Mehmet Fatih Mosque, dating from the 15th century, is beautiful inside with ornate decor of intricate patterns and a large dome. There is also the Carshi Mosque which was built in the 14th century and been restored over time but has its original minaret. Very close to Pristina is the Gracanica Monastery, a Serbian Orthodox Monastary which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 14th century in Byzantine style and has attractive arches and dome and inside are impressive paintings and frescoes.
Kosovo Museum in a elegant 19th century building with Austro-Hungarian style architecture with many archaeological collections to see. There is also a separate but related Ethnological Museum with interesting displays relating to every day life in the country through history, and includes traditional costumes, jewellery and tools. Pristina has many good restaurants, cafes and bars and is a city where you will always get a friendly welcome.
Prizren is another city with interesting historical buildings to visit and much of its old traditional character still remaining. The Church of Our Lady of Ljevis was built in the 14th century in Serbian architecture and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there are beautiful frescoes inside the building. St Nicholas Orthodox Church, built in the 14th century, still has parts of its frescoes surviving and has a large dome. You can see the medieval Prizren Fortress with Ottoman additions, and from this high fortress you can have great views of area below. The Sinan Pasha Mosque is a lovely 17th century Ottoman building with a very tall minaret, and inside the mosque are beautiful paintings and decorative patterns and colours.
The Bajrakli mosque was built in the 14th century and has intricate wood carvings and attractive paintings. The main square of Prizren, Shadervan, is a lively place where there are many cafes, restaurants and bars. It is a popular place where locals and visitors like to meet up and eat or drink together, and there is also a charming old fountain in the square that you can drink from. You can take walks by the Bistrica River and see the Old Stone Bridge originally built in the 16th century and reconstructed after floods destroyed it in the 1970’s. The Bridge is very charming and makes is a lovely landmark in the city.
The Kosovan Landscape
The Sharr Mountains National Park is a beautiful region in the south of Kosovo. You can explore the mountains with the rugged peaks, and lovely valleys. In this region you can also see the crystal glacial lakes, rivers and streams, along with rushing waterfalls. There are dense forests around the park area with many trees to see, such as pine, and in the park region and you can hike around taking in the impressive sights and clean fresh air.
The wildlife is abundant and rich in many flowers and plants, and among the animals that live in the park region are wolves, chamois, roe deer and bears. During the winter the mountains are great for sports such as skiing and snowboarding.
Rugova Canyon in the west of Kosovo is a great place to visit and is a beautiful natural sight consisting of a vast, deep canyon and surrounding landscape. The canyon has varying shapes and there are huge imposing rocks along with rivers, attractive cascading waterfalls and natural springs. There are also many caves around the canyon that can be explored and lovely rocky valleys. You can hike around the canyon and the landscapes, admiring the natural beauty and you can also go climbing around the varying parts of this imposing canyon and its different cliffs and rock faces.
Traditional dishes enjoyed in Kosovo include burek, which is a layered pastry with fillings such as cheese, meat or vegetables. Spinach and pumpkin pies are also common, as is tave kosi which is rice and lamb with yogurt. Stuffed peppers are very popular and can have various fillings of rice, meat or vegetables. Another common dish in Kosovo is sarma which is cabbage or vine leaves stuffed with meat or rice, and lamb casserole with tomatoes, onions and peppers is also popular.
Popular desserts eaten in include baklava, which is layered pastry with a filling of nuts and honey, and flija which is layered pastry with cream. Shredded pastry with syrup and walnuts is common, as is pastry made with cheese and covered with syrup, and also tulumba which is batter that is fried and covered in syrup. Popular alcoholic drinks consumed in Kosovo include beer and rakia which is a fruit brandy, and non-alcoholic drinks include Turkish coffee and kompot which is made from boiled fruits.
Whether you are looking around the historical mosques and churches, hiking in the beautiful mountains or exploring hidden caves, a trip to Kosovo is bound to be an enjoyable one.
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