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Orthodox church in Pristina

During the wars in Kosovo there was lots of destruction going on. Despite the people don’t seem to be overly religious the Serbs burnt down or vandalized most of the mosque during the ethnic cleansing attempt in 1999. The Kosovo Albanians retaliated during the riots in 2004 and destroyed many of the orthodox churches and monasteries. Hence in the middle of Pristina you can find a big orthodox church which is not used and you can see all the windows are missing. The church is surrounded by barbwire to protect the remains of the church from further harm - whatever that could be.

 

One consequence of the failed attempt by the Serbs to clean Kosovo of Albanians were hatred towards the Serbs which meant all the street names were changed and all the old monument commemorating the history of Serbia and Yugoslavia were replaced with sculptures of Albanian freedom fighters from the war period.

They do like there satelite dishes
Hence if you got a ten year old map of Pristina or most other of the cities in Kosovo it will be of absolutely no use for you.

 

During the renaming process Bill Clinton was still the president in the USA and he played a big role in the NATO engagement in Kosovo. Hence the street going from the bus station to the centre of town is named after no other than Bill Clinton. I can’t say if there is also a small ally named after Monica Lewinski tucked away somewhere in the city - you never know but she was also kinda famous during the same period.

 

After walking along Bill Clinton Avenue I go a bit up the hill and go see a little monument for the wars of Kosovo.

Bill Clinton - on Avenue Bill Clinton
It is a bit of strange concrete sticking up from the ground forming sort of a circle. I don’t quite understand what it is meant to symbolize but maybe it has got no meaning what so ever. Right next to the monument is a small graveyard with people who died during the war of Kosovo independence. On the graveyard you see the flag of Albania - it is actually a bit strange in Kosovo you tend to see more flags of Albania than flags of Kosovo - hence I have some doubts if the people of Kosovo really want independence or if they want a union with Albania.

 

Just a bit past the monument of the wars of Kosovo is a small circle with a grave in the middle - it is the grave of Ibrahim Rugova the first president of Kosovo. Hence he has got his final resting place close to his old home and with one of the best views over Pristina.

Lord_Mike says:
Bill Clinton Avenue...hilarious!
Posted on: Apr 10, 2009
KeikoCreative says:
Congrats on your featured!
Posted on: Apr 10, 2009
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Orthodox church in Pristina
Orthodox church in Pristina
They do like there satelite dishes
They do like there satelite dishes
Bill Clinton - on Avenue Bill Clin…
Bill Clinton - on Avenue Bill Cli…
Skenderbeg - the great Albanian na…
Skenderbeg - the great Albanian n…
Mosque in Pristina
Mosque in Pristina
Reflections
Reflections
Clock tower in town
Clock tower in town
Monument for the war in Kosovo
Monument for the war in Kosovo
Graves of peopele killed in the wa…
Graves of peopele killed in the w…
The centre piece of the monument
The centre piece of the monument
The view from the top
The view from the top
The grave of Rugova
The grave of Rugova
Pristina
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