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!