New names for the streets
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During the wars in Kosovo there was lots of destruction going on. Despite the people donâ€™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.
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 canâ€™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.
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.