Kosovo Polje Things to Do

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    Visoki Decani Monastery

    by ELear Updated May 24, 2009

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    The monastery isn't exactly undiscovered (it's a UNESCO World Heritage site), but not many people go there - or at least there weren't many visitors there at the time I was. Apart from the monks and myself, most people there were Italian soldiers with the UN (or possibly KFOR) coming in to pray.

    I got there by taxi from Dakovica / Gjakove. (Not far, and it's easy enough to get a taxi who'll take you there and then wait outside for an hour or two until you've finished and are ready to go back to Gjakovė / Đakovica.) When you get near the monastery, there are zig-zag barriers on the road to stop a car crashing through, and a checkpoint where soldiers check who you are, all of which may sound a little disconcerting but it isn't really much of an issue, anyway for tourists. (I wasn't nervous, and my Albanian taxi driver didn't seem worried.)

    Decani monastery itself is wonderful. Inside a ring of high walls, with the refectory, sleeping quarters, library, etc built into them, there's a stretch of green grass, and in the middle of that the ancient church, with the tomb of King Stefan (I think his name was), and staggeringly beautiful mediaeval frescoes. You come away with the feeling that you've been out of the world for a spell, in an oasis of calm and order and beauty.

    There's a community there of Serbian orthodox monks, one of whom speaks English fluently and shows English speaking visitors around.

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    The Serbian Monument at Kosovo Polje/Fushe Kosove

    by shrimp56 Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    The 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo Polje was the occasion for a speech by Slobodon Milosevic that some believe helped to precipitate many of the events and consequences in the region today.

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    Decani - the free teritory!?!

    by KonstantinII Written Jan 15, 2004

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    Where history and present meet!

    The monastery is under 24 hour protection of KFOR soldiers.
    Why?
    Well, I can't give you an answer.

    But, you can probably find it among these pages:

    KLA web presentation

    and

    new ALBANIA map on KLA web presentation

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    Decani - the free teritory!

    by KonstantinII Written Jan 15, 2004

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    Visoki Decani Monastery is situated in the western part of the Serbian Province of Kosovo and Metohia.

    It was built between1327 and 1335 by the Serbian medieval king St. Stephen of Decani and was dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord.

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    The field itself ...

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 6, 2003

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    The Battle at Kosovo Polje has been represented in vastly different ways by the descendants of the various protagonists of that battle. Modern historical views seem to understand the battle as a draw -- after all both leaders were killed -- but a "draw" led to 500 years of Ottoman rule in the region.

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    An old tree at Kosovo Polje/Fushe Kosove

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 6, 2003

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    This old tree is near the shrine to Murad I -- the white structures are holding up the branches of the tree.

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    The shrine to Murad I at Kosovo Polje/Fushe Kosove

    by shrimp56 Updated Aug 6, 2003

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    The leader of the Ottoman troops at the 1389 battle at Kosovo Polje/Fushe Kosove was Murad I. His bones were interred here for a while. Both Murad and the Serb Prince Lazar were killed here.

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