Sites of Prishtina
Sites of Prishtina
The museum, which is in a former 18th-century manor house that once belonged to a wealthy Albanian family during Ottoman rule, also exhibits sumptuous textiles, jewellery and furniture, and includes a birthing room as well as a death room. If the enthusiastic volunteer guides are in the mood, they’ll play you a wistful ballad on a lute as you take in the cornucopia here that thankfully survived the war, heightening the impression that before there was violence in Kosovo, there was civility, not to mention elegance. See more
Set in the grounds of Prishtina University, the current building of the National Library of Kosovo was inaugurated on 25 November 1982. It was designed by the Croatian architect Andrija Mutnjakovic. Its space consists of 16,500 square meters. It is made with zenith windows, with a total 99 domes of different sizes and is entirely covered in a metal fishing net, which have their own particular architectural symbolism. Also built in the grounds of the university is the controversial Serbian Orthodox Church which was built illegally prior to the war in 1995 and a symbol of Slobodan Milošević. There are calls for its demolition. While in the grounds you might also want to visit the Kosova National Art gallery.
The NEWBORN monument is painted every year, so it will look different when you arrive. Built to commemorate the independence of Kosovo. See more
The monument was created by Fisnik Ismaili and creative agency Ogilvy Kosova. At the unveiling the organisers handed out black permanent markers and invited then President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi to sign it, followed by some 150,000 people attending the manifestations on 17 February 2008.
The memorial was created to officially recognise the wartime rapes of the women in Kosovo. The memorial is constructed by 20,000 medals which are held up by different lengths, which allow creating a relief of the heroine’s portrait. Several unique features characterise this project. First, it is the subject that the project tackles. In an area that is constantly dealing with multiple scars of its past, leaving the plight of women during the war unaddressed can be convenient but is unfair. Second, the unique features of this design are the 20,000 medal pieces that build up the figure, and the message that lies behind them. This memorial has won a design award.
The Museum is situated in the old part of Prishtina. Monumental eclectic building “Kosovo Museum” (Guest house of Jashar Pasha), is located close to the historic area of the city of Prishtina in street “Ibrahim Lutfiu”, which is built around 1885/86. The building was built by the Austro – Hungary for the needs of the Turkish Army. Until 1975 the building has been the military command headquarters during the regime of former Yugoslavia for the Prishtina region. In its yard, there was an Old Clock Tower. Since 1980 the building has been used as a museum of Kosovo.
Mother Theresa Cathedral
You may not be religious and may not want to enter a church or mosque, but the newly built Cathedral has a lift to the top of the clock tower which gives you a great view of Prishtina. Access to the tower is not available all day, so we will update the times it is operating. There is a fee of 1 euro to visit the tower.
Turkish Bazaar/Green Market
Situated in the old part of Prishtina close to the Mosques, the Ethnological Museum and the Museum and has a large selection of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Travelling on the road past the Mosques you can take a bus up to Germia Park. Popular for picnics, hiking, biking, swimming in summer and tobogganing in winter.
It is possible to hike to the Bear Sanctuary from Germia if you would like a long work out.
The BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina was constructed as a home for the bears that had been kept in cages by Restaurants to encourage customers. A ban on private keeping of bears came into force in 2010. The Bears can now roam around free in their beautiful spacious sanctuary.
A short drive from Prishtina on the road to Ferizaj you will find the Marble Caves in the village of Donje Gadimlje, which comes under the Municipality of Lipljan. The caves were discovered in 1966 by Ahmet Diti, who found them under his garden.
Situated off the road to Podujevo, this lake is actually the reservoir, which supplies Prishtina with drinking water. A beautiful place to spend a day swimming, taking out a pedalo, or just enjoying lunch, in one of the restaurants, overlooking the lake.