Ethnological Museum

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This is a wonderful preserved Ottoman house in the old part of Pristina.  If you haven’t been here yet, you should go!  It is very interesting and there are English translations describing each of the exhibits.

Walking Directions:  From U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a left up the hill to get to the Dragodan steps, which will be on your right.  Descend the steps and cross over the main road at the bottom (Zagrebi).  Go straight, following UCK road.  Continue through the square and cross over the main road at the other side (Agim Ramadani), straight onto (Haxhi Zeka/Ibrahaim Lutfiu).  Stay straight and the road turns into Nazim Gafurri.  Pass the clock tower on your right.  Keep an eye out for the Sultan Baklava dark red awning on your left.  It is right on the corner.  Turn left down the street directly after Sultan.  When you reach the T in the road, turn right.  The ethnological museum is on the right side of the road after a parking lot.  It is set back from the road.

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Green Market (Old Market/Tregu e Vjeter)

Behind the Sultan Fatih mosque in the old part of town, there is a place full of fresh veggies, odds and ends, and wonder!  The Green Market (as the Americans tend to call it) is a great place to go through to buy your fresh veggies or just to walk around.  Duck in alleys, under tarp roofs, and explore.  If the stand owner doesn’t speak English, they are happy to point and use fingers to show prices, and very often there is someone nearby who will graciously translate.  The prices are great and the quality cannot be beat.  You will be limited only by how much you can carry.

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Christ the Saviour (Unfinished) Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

A beautiful, unfinished church sits in the field next to the National Library in Pristina.  There is nothing inside of the brick shell and the entrances are obstructed by coiled barbed wire, but the outside is still nice to look at.  The construction of this Serbian Orthodox cathedral was started in 1995, but due to the war, was never completed.

Walking Directions: (To a good vantage point)  From U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a left to go up the hill to the Dragodan steps, just before the Hungarian Embassy.  Go down the steps and cross over the main road (Zagrebi).  When you come to the fork, bear right to go onto Fehmi Agani.  Stay on this road, straight.  Cross over the first big intersection (Luan Haridinaj).  Ma Belle will be on your left.  Continue walking over Nena Tereza Boulevard.  The Swiss Diamond hotel will be on your left.  At the next big intersection, Agima Ramadani, make right onto the road.  In less than 1 km, you will see the big church on your right hand side.  You can walk on the paths through the grass to get a closer look if you like.

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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:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibrahim_Rugova

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.

Hasan Prishtina Statue

Learn about Hasan Prishtina:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasan_Prishtina

Walking Directions:  Starting from U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a right to walk down the hill to the main road (Ahmet Krasniqi).  When you get to the circle, keep to your right and walk on the overpass over the train tracks and take the first right (onto Tirana).  At the first main road, take a left onto Garibaldi.  Walk straight through the next intersection.  When the road comes to a “T,” make a right and walk toward Mother Teresa Cathedral (on Xhorxh Bush).  On the left side of the road, behind an iron fence, you will see the statue.

Mother Teresa Cathedral (Katedralja Nene Tereza ne Prishtine)

Though it is not yet finished, the Mother Teresa Cathedral is still a sight to behold.  During the day, there is a little gift shop stand set up outside with some rosary beads and books.  The gate is open and workers seem pretty amenable to letting you in the huge wooden doors to poke around a bit.

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Walking Directions:  Starting from U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a right to walk down the hill to the main road (Ahmet Krasniqi).  When you get to the circle, keep to your right and walk on the overpass over the train tracks and take the first right (onto Tirana).  At the first main road, take a left onto Garibaldi.  Walk straight through the next intersection.  When the road comes to a “T,” make a right and walk toward Mother Teresa Cathedral (on Xhorxh Bush).

Clock Tower in Old Town (Sahat Kulla)

This 26 meter (~85 ft 3 in) clock tower was built in the 19th century and is made of sandstone and bricks.  It stands in the old part of town, a throwback to Ottoman times when the clock kept the official time for prayer as well as for when the shops closed and reopened.  (No one shop should have an advantage by staying open longer.)  The original bell, which was made in Moldova, was stolen in 2001 but replaced with the help of French KFOR troops.  It’s a pretty piece of architecture, worth seeing while you are in Old Town.

Walking Directions:  From U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a left up the hill to get to the Dragodan steps, which will be on your right.  Descend the steps and cross over the main road at the bottom (Zagrebi).  Go straight, following UCK road.  Continue through the square and cross over the main road at the other side (Agim Ramadani), straight onto (Ibrahaim Lutfiu).  The clock tower is about 200 meters (~656 ft) up the road on your right.  (Look up)  From the embassy, the walk is about 20 or so minutes at a normal pace.