Cultural Heritage

The Decani Monastery is a UNESCO protected heritage sites that dates back to the mid-14th century. The monastery’s Byzantine-Romanesque ecclesiastical culture and distinct style of wall painting were developed in the Balkans between the 14th and 17th centuries. This unique style of painting adorns the walls of the Church of Holy Apostles where the frescoes date back to the 14th century.

The Hadum Mosque, built in 1594 in the city of Gjakova, is an exceptional religious structure located in lands inhabited by ethnic Albanians. The mosque’s arabesque design represents national Albanian folk motifs and its architecture mirrors the medieval stone houses of Dukagjini.

The Autocephalous Balkan Tekke of the 17th century, established in 1573 by Shejh Sulejman Axhiza Baba, is the oldest tekke in the Old Balkans. The Big Bazaar, or as the locals call it, Çarshia e Madhe, is a part of the city that has been left untouched by modern architecture. Its streets contain hundreds of shops where you can find old tailors and buy traditional handcraft.

The city of Prizren epitomizes the 15th to 20th century Ottoman cultural legacy and heritage with its traces of the past. The medieval Ottoman fortress, the Sinan Pasha Mosque, and centuries old stone bridges represent Prizren’s historically Turkish roots.