Near the Gracanica Monastery, just a few kilometers outside of Pristina, you can take a step back in time and wander through the ruins of the ancient city of Ulpiana. Archaeologists have uncovered city walls, the foundations of temples, and a necropolis (graveyard). The next big project will be uncovering a theatre. The archaeologists seem to be very friendly and welcoming, allowing you to disturb their work and ask questions. Several of them speak English (and Albanian, Turkish, and German).
Among the sights are a 17-year old woman’s grave stone carved in Roman lettering and a beautiful white mausoleum made of marble from Turkey. They are still working on unearthing historical treasures, so you never know what will be available for viewing while you are there—coins, ceramics, human bones.
An incredibly interesting way to spend a few hours! Highly recommended.
Tip: Gracanica Monastery is near by; you can do both sights in one day.
Driving Directions: (~20 mins) Starting at U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a right to go down the hill and take a right onto the main road (Ahmet Krasniqi). At the first circle, go around and take the last option, toward Viva Fresh/Maxi. At the next circle, take the second option to continue straight through the circle (M2/E65). Stay straight until you pass Albi Mall on the left hand side. Take the exit onto the M25-2 (as if going to Viva Fresh/Albi Mall). At the end of the exit ramp, take a right to go under the highway. Go straight past Viva Fresh. When the road forks a little, stay to the right. Continue through Gracanica. After the Gracanica Monastery (on your left), bear/take a right at the circle/fork. Keep an eye out for a little sign, white lettering on brown, that says “Ulpiana.” Park on the side of the road and walk back through the cornfields until you see the ruins of the walls.