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Wonders of Kosovo

Rugova Canyon, Kosovo
Rugova Canyon / Arba Hatashi, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

The most interesting landmarks in this small Balkan country are the Serbian Orthodox monasteries and churches as well as Ottoman heritage, especially several interesting bridges.

The country has impressive natural heritage – breathtaking mountain scenery hides numerous caves, gorges, and canyons, waterfalls.

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WorldViolet Top 15 wonders of Kosovo

Geological wonders

Radavc Cave


An enormous cave with impressive cave formations including rimstone pools (gours). Cave contains traces of prehistoric humans, possibly from the Paleolithic era.

Rugova Canyon


25 km long and up to 1000 m deep canyon, one of the greatest in Europe. In the canyon are hundreds of caves and many waterfalls.

Gryka e Madhe Cave


Large cave in Rugova Canyon. Total explored length of its passages is 13.2 km.

White Drin waterfall


Powerful spring that comes out from the cave with approximately 25 m high waterfall. This is the source of the White Drin river.

Mirusha Waterfalls


Group of 13 lakes with waterfalls between them, all shaped in the picturesque canyon of Mirusha. The tallest waterfall is 21 – 22 m high.

Mirusha Falls, Kosovo
Mirusha Falls / Bujar i Gashi, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Archaeological wonders

Zveçan Fortress


An antique fort on the top of an extinct volcano. It was built to protect nearby mines in the 4th century AD. Inside the fortress are located remnants of a Paleochristian church.

Zveçan Fortress, Kosovo
Zveçan Fortress / pictureskosovo.free.fr, Wikimedia Commons / public domain


Site of an ancient Roman town with remnants of diverse buildings spread over an area of 100 ha. Among these buildings was also a Christian basilica that was built around the 4th century AD.

Architecture wonders

Gračanica monastery


This monastery was founded in 1321 and its buildings represent one of the highest achievements of the Serbian Byzantine style. Inside the monastery church are valuable frescoes.

Visoki Decani Monastery


Large Serbian monastery containing the largest medieval church in the Balkans and the biggest collection of medieval Serbian frescoes. Founded in 1327.

Visoki Dečani Monastery, Kosovo
Visoki Dečani Monastery / AgronBeqiriPh, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
Terzijski Bridge


Bridge in Ottoman style, built in the 15th century. The 190 m long bridge has 11 arches.

Monastery of the Patriarchate of Peć


A monastery with a unique dense cluster of four churches that were built in the 13th and 14th centuries. The interior of these churches is adorned with Byzantine frescoes.

Monastery of the Patriarchate of Peć, Kosovo
Monastery of the Patriarchate of Peć / Vladimir Vukotic, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
Hadum Mosque


This ornate mosque was built in 1594/1595. The interior is adorned with arabesques.

Vojinoviča Bridge


The oldest bridge in Kosovo, built in the late 13th – early 14th century. The bridge is 135 m long and has 9 arches. Now it does not have any river under it – the river has changed its course.

Vojinoviča Bridge, Kosovo
Vojinoviča Bridge / Gashi Bujar, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
Hermitage of St. Peter of Koriša


Hermitage and monastery that were cut in cliffs in the 11th – 14th century. Abandoned since the Turkish invasion in 1453.

National Library of Kosovo


Library building with very unusual architecture. It was constructed in 1982 and has 99 domes and is covered with a metal net.

National Library of Kosovo
National Library of Kosovo / Fitore Syla, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

WorldYellow Recommended books

Kosovo (Bradt Travel Guide)

This new fully updated 3rd edition of Bradt’s Kosovo is the only full-length English guidebook to this land rich in cultural heritage, generous hospitality, and stunning scenery which is celebrating its 10th anniversary of unilateral independence from Serbia. Updated by two resident tourism experts, this new edition is an ideal companion, offering maps, contacts, and detailed information not easily accessible online, insider knowledge of one of Europe’s last unspoiled destinations, and comprehensive detail on sites, attractions, and practical information.

Kosovo: A Short History

“Malcolm’s narrative is gripping, even brilliant at times. . . . He takes to his task with the vigor of a detective driven by true passion. At times his claims are, in terms of Balkan history,quite revolutionary.”

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