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Kosovo: Prizren a Vibrant and Beautiful City

Kosovo

Prizren, unlike Pristina, is very beautiful.

A river which flows through the city with lovely bridges over it, beautiful mosques and lush mountains that surround the city. It is somehow like the cities in northern Iran.

It was Sunday and there were a lot of tourists from neighboring countries like Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro.

Prizren in Kosovo on a rainy day

Prizren in Kosovo on a rainy day

Kofte and Ayran, €3

Kofte and Ayran, €3

Memorial monuments for Kosovo war are not hard to find in Prizren

Memorial monuments for Kosovo war are not hard to find in Prizren

Prizren souvenirs

Prizren souvenirs

Street cafes

Street cafes

Sinan Pasha Mosque

Sinan Pasha Mosque

Like many other cities in Balkans, city castle located on a hill is the best place to get a great view of city. With 20 minutes of walking from city center you can get to the castle and you don’t need a ticket to enter.

On the way to Prizren Fortress

On the way to Prizren Fortress

Prizren Fortress walls in the south of Kosovo

Prizren Fortress walls in the south of Kosovo

Prizren view from the city castle

Prizren view from the city castle

City view from Prizren Fortress

City view from Prizren Fortress

Mountains around Prizren are all green and beautiful

Mountains around Prizren are all green and beautiful

A church in the mountain and on the way to Prizren Fortress

A church in the mountain and on the way to Prizren Fortress

Kosovo is an interesting country. Almost all of its people are Albanian and their language is also Albanian. Most Serbs moved out after the 1998 war but there are still some in northern parts and around big churches.

A big majority of people in Kosovo are Muslim which is because of Ottomans 500 year presence there. Of course they have their own Islam. Women don’t wear hijab, they don’t do the mandatory pray for Muslims except on Fridays and they don’t fast in Ramadan. They also drink alcohol except in Ramadan during which even bars don’t serve alcohol.

I noticed that when Azan is being played by the mosques everyone puts down their beer bottles and resumed drinking once Azan was finished. Eating Halal food is also very important to Kosovar.

Gypsys in Shadervan square in Prizren

Gypsys in Shadervan square in Prizren

If you could last from 2 to 7 minutes you would win 5 to 50 euros. No one was able to last even 2 minutes

If you could last from 2 to 7 minutes you would win 5 to 50 euros. No one was able to last even 2 minutes

Drinking place in Shadervan square

Drinking place in Shadervan square

Dervish Tekke in Prizren

Dervish Tekke in Prizren

Prizren streets and its very old cars

Prizren streets and its very old cars

Church of Our Lady of Ljeviš. The church is controlled by Serbs and unfortunately visitation was not allowed 😞

Church of Our Lady of Ljeviš. The church is controlled by Serbs and unfortunately visitation was not allowed 😞

Here in Kosovo people like Bill Clinton for his role in ending the war with Serbs. They named a boulevard after him in Pristina. There is also a statue of him there.

And naturally Kosovars are not fund of Russia because they are on the Serbs side.

Bistrica river in Prizren

Bistrica river in Prizren

Stone bridge and Prizren Fortress

Stone bridge and Prizren Fortress

Bridge of love

Bridge of love

Sinan Pasha Mosque and Stone bridge

Sinan Pasha Mosque and Stone bridge

Prizren City

Prizren City

Many countries still don’t recognize Kosovo’s independence and Iran is one of them. Wherever I said I’m Iranian I was replied with smiles, not like Bosnia and Herzegovina though.

People here don’t like Europe and believe because they are Muslim, Europe has left them alone.

With a passport from Kosovo one needs visa for almost all countries. There are even some countries that won’t allow Kosovars to visit their country, they don’t recognize a passport issued in Kosovo.

Happy youth in Kosovo

Happy youth in Kosovo

Beef steak and chicken €4

Beef steak and chicken €4

Stone bridge at night

Stone bridge at night

Currency in Kosovo is euro and it is kind of a cheap place for a visitor. Its nature is mostly mountainous and very beautiful.

Travel date: Spring 2017

احمد خانی

Ahmad Khani Iranian backpacker and travel lover

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