Traveling to Kosovo, a magnificent small country

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Traveling to Kosovo

Traveling to Kosovo is a rare thing for tourists, yet. But absolutely worth it.

Culturally, Kosovo has plenty to offer, including an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site and a handful of fascinating cities.

Rather unfortunately, this small country in the heart of the Balkans is still often associated with the Kosovo War of 1998 and 1999, part of the turbulent break-up of Yugoslavia in the ’90s.

However, those war atrocities now happened two decades ago, and Kosovo is once again a country that’s safe to travel to. All the places to visit in Kosovo in this post are easily accessible and popular Kosovo tourist attractions.

Decani Monastery, Kosovo

Decani Monastery, Kosovo

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The Dečani Monastery, Unesco World Heritage monastery

This World Heritage site reflects the high points of the Byzantine-Romanesque ecclesiastical culture, with its distinct style of wall painting, which developed in the Balkans between the 13th and 17th centuries. The Dečani Monastery was built in the mid-14th century for the Serbian king Stefan Dečanski and is also his mausoleum. The Patriarchate of Peć Monastery is a group of four domed churches featuring series of wall paintings. The 13th-century frescoes of the Church of Holy Apostles are painted in a unique, monumental style. Early 14th-century frescoes in the church of the Holy Virgin of Ljevisa represent the appearance of the new so-called Palaiologian Renaissance style, combining the influences of the eastern Orthodox Byzantine and the Western Romanesque traditions.

Prizren in Kosovo

Brief facts about Kosovo

Kosovo is a partially recognized state in South-Eastern Europe, approx. 100 countries have accepted the country’s status. It is located in the center of the Balkans. The small beautiful country unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008 and has since gained diplomatic recognition as a sovereign state by 97 member states of the UN, including Denmark.

Evening view at the old stone bridge in Prizren, a historic city located in Kosovo. Traveling to Kosovo

Evening view at the old stone bridge in Prizren, a historic city located in Kosovo. Traveling to Kosovo

The landscape is, as you can see, very beautiful

It borders Serbia to the north and east, North Macedonia to the southeast, Albania to the southwest and Montenegro to the west. Most of central Kosovo is dominated by the large plains and fields of Dukagjini and the Kosovo Field. The Šar Mountains rise in the southwest and southeast, respectively. Its capital and largest city is Pristina.

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