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Prizren

Stories and Photos from my travels to the prettiest city of Kosovo.

Destination 》EuropeCentral and Eastern Europe  》Kosovo

Year Visited: 2018 – September

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After few days in Peja, we continued our backpacking through the Balkans journey towards south, taking a bus to Prizren, the second largest city of Kosovo.

Prizren is the most historic city with the oldest preserved ancient town in Kosovo. This quaint town with its cobbled streets and Ottoman-style architecture, crisscrossed by medieval stone bridges, Prizren is the prettiest city in Kosovo.

The Bistrica River wends it’s way down the Sharr mountains and through the center of Prizren’s old town, where bustling restaurants and cafe’s line its banks.

Our Lady of Ljeviš, a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox church, inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006. The site was heavily damaged during the 2004 unrest in Kosovo and has been going through several phases of restoration since then.
Dominating the skyline of Prizren is the Sinan Pasha Mosque. Built in the 16th Century, it is the largest mosque in Prizren. The interior walls have been painted with beautiful floral patterns and verses from the Qur’an.
Ura e Gurit, a Stone Bridge, a symbol of the city, with Sharr mountains in a back-drop. The bridge is located in the center of the old town, based on the material, style, construction technique, it is assumed that the bridge was built towards the end of the 15th century, or the beginning of the 16th century.
The stone bridge and the Sinan Pasha Mosque, two most iconic monuments of old town of Prizren.
The Stone Bridge in very early morning.
The Stone Bridge after Sunset.
The Hammam (Turkish Baths) of Prizren, an early Ottoman-era monument. It was built in the heart of the city in 1564 by Gazi Mehmet Pasha, at the time when he was also building the nearby mosque.
Prizren has its own Love Lock Bridge. Just down from the famous Stone Bridge, you’ll find an array of locks that have been attached by lovers and travelers alike.
A traditional restaurant in Saraçët neighborhood.
Halveti teqe, a 350-year-old tariqah (Sufi School) in the Saraçët neighborhood.
A beautiful water fountain near Halveti teqe, a 350-year-old tariqah (Sufi School) in the Saraçët neighborhood.
Old Friends, enjoying quite time in one of the public park.
Not clear sunset because of Sharr mountains surrounds the town, but afterglow was very beautiful.
A beer with a view overlooking the old town.

After a week in Kosovo, we continued our backpacking through the Balkans journey towards south to Skopje, the capital city of North Macedonia.

By Window on The World

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...

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