Independence House

Former First Kosovar President Ibrahaim Rugova’s house is open to the public to tour.  It is not big and is pretty modest, but this fact makes a statement about the politician and writer in a positive way.  The house has a wall full of compelling black and white photos and a copy of the Kosovo Declaration of Independence signed in 2008.  The gold seal of the president of Kosovo is laid into the floor.  A knowledgeable English speaking guide is on staff and helpfully explains exhibits and answers questions.  There is a lot of history in Kosovo; this is a good place to go to learn some of it.

Price:  Free

Learn about Ibrahaim Rugova before you go:

Directions:  (Walking)  From the U.S. Embassy Bravo Gate, take a left to walk up the hill to the Dragodan Steps.  Descend the steps and cross over the main road (Zagrebi).  Bear right as the road splits onto Fehmi Agani.  Continue a short distance.  Directly after you pass the Croatian Embassy, take a right to walk around behind it.  It looks like it is a parking lot.  You will see flags on flag poles (red-and-black Albanian; blue-and-yellow Kosovar; red-white-and-blue American) on your right hand side.  Go through the iron gate and stone pillars into the small white house.

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