After a week in Serbia, my Son and I took a bus from Niš to Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo, to continue our backpacking journey through the Balkans.
Pristina is a capital and the largest city of Kosovo, as well as the most important economic, financial, political and trade center of Kosovo. The city has a majority Albanian population, alongside other smaller communities. As the youngest capital city in Europe, Pristina holds the physical remnants of the periods of old and new. After a rapid modernization campaign in the mid-20th century, much of the historic center was destroyed and, as a result, only a small portion remains.
Pristina was the capital of the Serbian state before the Turks defeated the Balkan Christian armies in 1389 at the Battle of Kosovo. The city retains an Oriental appearance, though much new building has occurred since 1945.
Southeast of the city is the Gračanica (Grachanista) Monastery, built about 1313–21 under the Serbian king Stefan Uroš II Milutin. The monastery is a fine work of Balkan architecture containing valuable frescoes; in 2006 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Photos below are from our few days stay in the capital city.
During our stay in Pristina we visited a town of Gračanica, a Serbian enclave, 10 km from the city center and home to The Gračanica (Grachanista) Monastery, built during 1313–21 under the Serbian king Stefan Uroš II Milutin. The monastery is a fine work of Balkan architecture containing valuable frescoes; in 2006 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
After few days in the capital city of Kosovo, we continue our backpacking through the Balkans journey towards south, taking a bus to Peja, another ancient city of Kosovo.
In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...