Most interesting landmarks of Kosovo

Below are listed the most amazing natural and man made landmarks of Kosovo.

Natural landmarks of Kosovo

Mirusha Falls, Kosovo
Mirusha Falls / Bujar i Gashi, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Mirusha Waterfalls – Prizren. Group of 13 lakes with waterfalls between them, all shaped in the picturesque canyon of Mirusha. Tallest waterfall is 21 – 22 m high.
  • White Drin waterfall – Peja. Powerful spring which comes out from the cave with approximately 25 m high waterfall. This is the source of White Drin river.
Other natural landmarks
  • Gryka e Madhe Cave – Peja. Large cave in Rugova Canyon. Total explored length of its passages is 13.2 km.
  • Radavc Cave – Prizren. Enormous cave with impressive cave formations, including rimstone pools (gours). Cave contains traces of prehistoric humans, possibly from the Paleolithic era.
  • Rugova Canyon – Peja. 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.

Man made landmarks of Kosovo

Zveçan Fortress, Kosovo
Zveçan Fortress /, Wikimedia Commons / public domain
Archeological heritage
  • Ulpiana – Pristina. Site of ancient Roman town with remnants of diverse buildings spread over an area of 100 ha. Among these buildings was also a Christian basilica which was built around the 4th century AD.
  • Zveçan Fortress – Mitrovica. Antique fort on the top of extinct volcano. It was built to protect nearby mines in the 4th century AD. Inside the fortress are located remnants of Paleochristian church.
Monasteries, churches
Monastery of the Patriarchate of Peć, Kosovo
Monastery of the Patriarchate of Peć / Vladimir Vukotic, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Gračanica monastery – Pristina. This monastery was founded in 1321 and its buildings represent one of the highest achievements of Serbian Byzantine style. Inside the monastery church are valuable frescoes.
  • Hermitage of St. Peter of Koriša – Prizren. Hermitage and monastery, which were cut in cliffs in the 11th – 14th century. Abandoned since the Turkish invasion in 1453.
  • Monastery of the Patriarchate of Peć – Peja. Monastery with unique dense cluster of four churches which were built in the 13th and 14th centuries. Interior of these churches is adorned with Byzantine frescoes.
  • Our Lady of Ljeviš church – Prizren. Serbian Orthodox church which was built in 1306 – 1309. Although the church has high cultural value, including such art values as Byzantine frescoes, it is in bad condition.
  • Visoki Dečani Monastery – Gjakova. Large Serbian monastery containing the largest medieval church in Balkans and biggest collection of medieval Serbian frescoes. Founded in 1327.
Vojinoviča Bridge, Kosovo
Vojinoviča Bridge / Gashi Bujar, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
  • Terzijski Bridge – Gjakova. Bridge in Ottoman style, built in the 15th century. The 190 m long bridge has 11 arches.
  • Vojinoviča Bridge – Mitrovica. The oldest bridge in Kosovo, built in the late 13th – early 14th century. Bridge is 135 m long, has 9 arches and now it does not have any river under it – river has changed its course.
Other man made landmarks of Kosovo
National Library of Kosovo
National Library of Kosovo / Fitore Syla, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Hadum Mosque – Gjakova. This ornate mosque was built in 1594/1595. Interior is adorned with arabesques.
  • National Library of Kosovo – Priština. Library building with very unusual architecture. It was constructed in 1982 and has 99 domes and is covered with metal net.

Described landmarks of Kosovo

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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.

Featured: Visoki Dečani Monastery

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

Possibly the greatest collection of medieval Serbian art is located in Visoki Dečani Monastery – large medieval monastery. Political controversies have accompanied the history of this splendid monastery up to this day but the art in it shows the best side of humanity.

Recommended books

Albania – Kosovo – Montenegro 1:60,000 cross border hiking map

This contoured, GPS compatible map at 1:60,000 covers a 192-km long cross-border hiking circuit in the mountains of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. The reverse provides detailed notes and route-profiles. The 10-day circuit which starts in Thethi in Albania, crosses the wildest and the most untouched mountain range in the Balkans, the Prokletije or the Albanian Alps.

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.

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