its a quite long city the bus arrive to the city after crossing a lot of small towns and several bus stops... where hop on and hop off people coming from Prishtina, the hub for everything.
Its so curios to see how in every town you cross you can see memorial tablets for the heroes fallen down on war
once there there are two stops ..the first one on the top of the city and the main bus station going down the avenue maybe 1.5 km further... thats where i get off the bus and start my race to see somenthing lol
All this journey was a mess !! a bloody mess
I stay in this town just for 20 minutes after 1h30 on the road !!! when i was getting the town i realized that i spent so much time in arrive ...so perhaps when i took the bus to come back to Prishtina there wouldnt be anyone to Skopje ... so i was in a ***ty hurry to see something there quite interesting to make it worth ....well i didnt see so many attractions...some more mosques and the river ....many people in the streets...seems a tradition there..people move so much in a public life !!
It has been argued by some historians that the formation of the Prizren League separated people in the region by religion and culture in ways that hadn't happened before. And one consequence of the league's formation in 1878 was to start the region on the road to conflict between Albanian and Serb. As with everything in the Balkans -- this is ONE interpretation.
The Prizren League was a gathering of Albanians in relation to the Ottoman promise for an Albanian section of the empire. As things do in this part of the world it got very complicated and in fact some of the lands so designated by the Ottomans ended up in other hands after the Ottomans failed to keep their promise.
Here you can see the foundation built from larger stones. The decoration in a turkish bath from this period could include glazed tiles and large inscriptions, with no human figure represented in the tradition of Islam.
this one is other of the most beatiful mosques in Kosovo... and the main mosque of the city
tipical Ottoman architecture
"Gazi Mehmet Pasha hamami" was Turkish bath once upon a time. But now it is a art gallery. There were good exibition when I was there.
Here you can see the traditional small "skylights" in the domes of the aman. They used to be open to the air for ventilation, but now they are covered, usually with plexiglass.
This Pasha also built the oldest mosque in Prizren in 1561. The bath was divided into 2 sides -- men and women!
The beauty of Prizren is gained from the architecture and the natural beauty of the river and the nearby Sharr mountains.
Here is a close-up of the entrance and stonework of the Sinan Pasha Mosque. The group on the stairs is from the summer university in Pristina. Other sources date the mosque from 1600-01.
According to the records the Sinan Pasha Mosque was built in 1615. It is considered beautitul for both it's design and its interior decorations.
I *think* the building in the distance in the turkish bath -- the one with the dome. In any case you can see the old cobbled street clearly.
Although many of the the old houses are in a deplorable state you can see some of the remaining beauty in this facade with it's remainder of blue paint.
This is, reputably, the narrowest of the many small streets that make up "Old Prizren" -- this area is very picturesque indeed!