Photos of landscapes and villages around Kosovo

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Around Kosovo

The road from the town of Peja (Peć) to Montenegro in the Albanian Alps or Prokletije mountains leads through the Rugova Canyon (Gryka e Rugovës or, in Serbian, Rugovska klisura), a canyon 23 kilometres long and up to 1,000 metres deep, carved by the Lumbardhi i Pejës (Pećka Bistrica), a short but powerful river. It is a popular place with visitors.

Rugova Canyon
 
Church and mosque, Ferizaji
 
Shar Mountains
 
Bistrica river
 
Along the river
 
Recording music
 
Destroyed house
 
Welcome to the canyon
 
Canyon road
 
Lumbardhi i Pejës
 
Along the river
 
Fast flowing river
 
UÇK memorial
 
KLA fighter
 
Martyrs monument
 
131 Brigade Jusuf Gërvalla
 
Martyrs memorial plaque
 
Salih Cekaj statue
 
Skender Latifi's memorial
 
Reçani (Rečane)
 
Mosque of Rečane
 
Upper village of Reçani
 
View from Rečane
 
Ura e Terzive
 

To the south west of the town of Prizren are the Shar mountains (Malet e Sharrit) with its ski resort of Brezovica, 900 metres to 2,500 metres above sea level and the valley of the Lumbardhi river near the Albanian border. Between the villages of Zhur (Žur) and Vërmica herdboys could be seen, playing on their home-made flutes in a beautiful rural setting.

40 kilometres south of Prishtina is Ferizaji, a town of about 170,000 inhabitants. Its name derives from a pre-1873 hotel owned by a local Kosovo Albanian named Feriz Shashivari; its Serbian name Урошевац (Uroševac) comes from the medieval Stefan Uroš V of Serbia, Saint Uroš, who is commemorated by a cathedral in the town. The mosque and the church located in the centre of Ferizaji/Uroševac are considered as a symbol of religious tolerance between Albanian Muslims and Serbian Orthodox. The mosque was destroyed during World War II, but then rebuild. Both buildings remained undamaged during the Kosovo War of 1999, although some of its Albanian-populated neighbourhoods were shelled and burned by the Yugoslav Army.

The aftermath of this war is still evident. with destroyed houses and memorials dedicated to the fighters of the Kosovo Liberation Army who were killed in their struggle against the Serbian army and militias that terrorised the Albanian villagers, especially in the region around Gjakova and Deçani. These men are now "Dëshmorët e Kombit" (Martyrs of the Nation) and, apart from monuments and statues, songs have been composed about their heroism and published on YouTube!