Skenderbeg (Iskender Bey in Turkish) is the Albanian national hero, a man named Gjergj Kastrioti who was an officer in the Ottoman army in the region in the 15th century. He revolted against the Ottoman Sultan and united all of northern Albania and Kosovo, before the revolt was crushed.
Next to the Parliament building is a large statue of Skenderbeg sitting atop his horse. If you've been to Tirana, you'll have seen a very similar statue in Skenderbeg Square there. In Prishtina, it is a sort of focal point at the end of Rruga Nene Tereze, a square surrounded by bizarre claw-like structures where men come to sell cigarettes, tissues and chewing gum.
A new addition to Pristina since Kosovo's secession from Serbia is a statue to the Albanian hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeg. Mirroring a similar statue in Tirana, this one sits pride of place in the central square on Bul. Nëne Tereza, a boulevard commemorating another famous Albanian: Mother Teresa. The statue is a symbol of a growing national identity in Kosovo, an identity which is distinctly Albanian.
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