Çok Mosque

It was built in 1580 in the Islamic-Albanian style. Besides the function of a mosque, it also serves today as an Islamic primary school and holds a collection of old books dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

 Avdyl Hoxha Tower

In the tower of Avdyl Hoxha, als o known as “Oda e Junikut” (Junik’s Guest House), leaders of all Albanian territories gathered to solve national disputes and to make decisions for the good of the Albanian people. From 21 to 25 May 1912, the Assembly of Junik was held here, with the attendance of 250 Albanian delegates who made the collective decision to organize a general uprising. Thus, the tower throughout the years became a symbol of resistance and survival, Albanian hospitality and honor, respect of traditional laws and customs.

Ram Zyberi Tower

This tower was built in 1860 with all the features of the traditional tower of Accursed Mountain area, and was inherited by 5 generations of Zyberi family. The tower has historically been a gathering place and shelter of important personalities, and has also served to shelter Junik’s visitors over the years. The tower of Ram Zyberi has been restored after damages during the Kosovo* war, and for several years has served as a guesthouse and restaurant.

 Jahë Imeri Tower

This tower was built at the beginning of the 19th century in the centre of Junik. Its characteristic feature is the stone-made facade of the second floor. The use of stones strengthens the wall and adorns the facade. The tower has been restored from time to time and is now serving the family, the community and institutions that ensure its preservation.

 Deçan Mosque

The Deçan Mosque, built in 1851, is of great value as it is among the oldest and most famous Ottoman architecture monuments in Kosovo*. The building has a rectangular base, covered with hipped roof and with minarets. The mosque is built in an
Islamic-Albanian style, in a technique that is identified with towers. After being burned down during the war of 1999, the only remainings from the mosque were the construction walls and the characteristic minaret which was located on the left side of the building. After restoration in 2003, the mosque took its earlier function, although it is not entirely completed.

 Deçan Monastery

Built in the midst of the 14th century, the Deçan Monastery lies in the picturesque valley of Bistrica River. In 2004, Deçan Monastery was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List “as one of the most valuable examples of life in the Paleontological Renaissance in Byzantine drawings” and “valuable documentation of life in the 16th century”. In 2006, Decani Monastery entered the List of World Heritage in Danger. This Orthodox monastery was built by the medieval Serbian king Stefan Dečanski, who dedicated the building to the Resurrection of Christ. After his death, Dečanski was buried in the still incomplete Dečan Monastery in 1331, and its construction was continued by his son, Stefan Dušan.

 Shabanaj Watermill

Built in the centre of Deçan in the 19th century by local craftsmen, the Shabanaj Watermill is one of the oldest objects in town. This watermill served as a public facility for the needs of the population of Deçan, beyond grinding grain. It was an industrial building belonging to the type of watermills with only one opening. With a rectangular base, the facility as a whole is built with hewn and non-hewn stones. It has a simple hipped roof and it is covered with traditional tiles. The grinding mechanism consisted of two grinding stones of the mill which functioned due to water pressure.

Demukaj Tower

The Demukaj Tower, built in the 19th century, is located in the old neighborhood of Deçan. The tower was reconstructed after being burned down during the last war, and while the outside part has taken its original shape, the internal part still needs some work.

Mazrekaj Tower

Drenoc, one of the villages of Deçan Municipality, is known as the “tower village”. Before the war, this village had 30 towers, while now only 8 of them are left. One of these towers is the 18th century Mazrekaj Tower. The Mazrekaj family has survived warfare, regime changes, and economic instability, and so has their kulla, which has been recently reconstructed. The Mazrekaj Tower offers today bed and breakfast with traditional food, space for conferences, exhibitions and celebrations.

Osdautaj Tower

Built by the Osdautaj family in the 19th century, the Osdautaj Tower is located in the village of Isniq in Deçan. It is a symbol of the village and local inhabitants consider it as an important heritage monument, as the building has hosted an important assembly for the Albanian uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1910. Inhabitants also say that the tower is older than officially accepted. The Osdautaj Tower is unique in its kind in Kosovo*, as it is the only kulla with four floors. It is also one of the few towers in the region to have survived time and war. Renovated after the war, today the tower hosts a small museum with artefacts.

Kulla e Qelisë

“Kulla e qelisë” (Cell’s Tower) also known as Jerina’s Castle, is a settlement belonging to the 2nd century AD, located on a rock in a forest about 12 kilometers west of Deçan. Jerina was one of the eight Illyrian queens starting from Teuta, who has inspired many stories and legends. The settlement covers nine acres of land and is surrounded by walls which can still be found in the location.

Tahir Bey Inn / Ethnographic Museum of Peja

Located inside Tahir Bey Inn, the Ethnographic Museum of Peja exhibits the cultural heritage of Peja, Rugova and Dukagjin. The museum building, belonging to the second half of the 18th century, is a beautiful example of old asymmetric houses. The house is an object of cultural importance, both architecturally and ethnologically, with preserved archaic elements in the interior. The museum contains about 700 exhibits, of which 450 are exhibited in the section of “Cultural Heritage of Peja Region” and 100 archaeological artefacts are exhibited in the section of “Cultural Archaeological Heritage”. The ethnographic exhibition includes collections of traditional costumes, jewelry, utensils, work tools, musical instruments, textiles, etc.

Old Bazaar

The Old Bazaar (Alb. Çarshia e vjetër) is an area with characteristic oriental stores, where original shops still exist producing various handicrafts, and is known for its historical importance in economic development. The Old Bazaar was built during the Ottoman rule in the 19th century with 960 stores that have practiced different crafts, some of which are still present, ranging from tailors, saddlers, shoemakers, watchmakers, goldsmiths, etc.

  Xhylfatyn Mosque

The Xhylfatyn Mosque, located in the neighborhood of Karagaqi in Peja, was built in 1697 during the Ottoman period. The name of this mosque is associated with the legend about a woman named Xhylfatyn. According to oral tradition, she had invested in the construction of the mosque, so after her death a shrine above her grave was built and the mosque was named after her. The mosque was built on a massive stone system with internal wooden structure and local architecture.

  Bajrakli Mosque

In the central part of Peja Old Bazaar lies the Bajrakli Mosque built in 1471. The mosque is one of the most important architectural and sacred buildings of the Ottoman period here. It was built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet Hanit during the time when Peja was a sanjak (Ottoman district). This is a classic monumental building, also serving as a sanctuary to the cemetery of prominent city’s personalities from the 16th to the 19th centuries, including the grave of Ali Pasha Gusinje and Haxhi Zeka.

Hammam Mosque

The Hamam Mosque, built in 1587, is located in the old part of town in the “Haxhi Zeka” neighborhood near the hammam (Turkish bath) of Haxhi Bey and the building of the first Albanian Primary School in Peja. This mosque ranks among the oldest historical monuments of cultural heritage, not only for the city of Peja but throughout of Kosovo*. The mosque was burned several times, in 1890, during the First World War and during the recent war in Kosovo* in 1999, and it was restored in 2001.

Deftedari Mosque

One of the oldest mosques in Peja, Deftedari Mosque, was built in 1570. The mosque was restored in 2010 after being burned during the 1999 war, and is now a protected cultural monument.

 Haxhi Bey Hammam

Hammams were public facilities of a social character which were widely spread in the Balkans during the Ottoman rule. Today a small number of them is preserved in the Accursed Mountains area due to the time factor, atmospheric conditions, human factor, and uninterrupted transformations of cities. The preserved hammams, although some of them have been transformed or have lost their original elements, hold an important spot in the the architectural constructions of the people in the past and the region’s history and culture. 

Taftali Mosque

The Taftali Mosque is located in the neighborhood called the Sahat Kulla of Peja, built in 1587. The mosque was named after the Turkish word “taft” which means “wood”, because originally it was entirely made of wood. The mosque was built on rectangular base with wood construction, and combined walls with stones and bricks coated with mortar.

Kurshumli Mosque

Kurshumli Mosque was built in the 1577 and is one of the most beautiful mosques in Peja. Local craft techniques were employed here to good effect in elaborately carved wooden ceilings and other interior decorations. Kurshumli Mosque was closed after the end of the Second World War and turned into an arms depot for the Yugoslav army. It was returned to worship after a lapse of twenty years in 1965. During the 1999 war the mosque was highly damaged. Later, while being restored, foundations of the old mosque were found.

Haxhi Zeka Mill

Haxhi Zeka Mill complex was built in the second half of the 19th century, during the Ottoman rule, and is located in the northern part of the city, near the Old Bazaar. It is the first industrial watermill in the region and was initially composed of a mill, flour warehouse, granary, horse stable and the guest house.

Zenel Bey Tower

Zenel Bey Tower, built in the second half of the 19th century, is a two-storey building within the complex composition of Zenel Beu. The tower occupied the main part of the complex in contrast with the guest house, which was in the internal part of the courtyard. Nowadays, the guest house doesn’t exist, while the tower has been restored after being burned down and shelled in 1999.

Gockaj Tower

In the neighborhood of “Vorret e Gjata” in Peja lies the three-storey tower of Shaban Gockaj, which dates back to the 19th century. The tower had both a guest chamber and a women’s chamber. In the ground floor there was a warehouse, in the first floor there was the residential room, whereas in the top floor the men’s chamber. The construction is carried out mainly by hewn and few non-hewn stones, using a rustic technique.

Halil Bey Tombstone

Next to Kurshumli Mosque in the neighborhood of Haxhi Zeka, there is a grave mausoleum, set over a Muslim cemetery (holy tomb) of Halil Bey, erected in 1545. This mausoleum is located in the courtyard of the maytep of the mosque, which does not exist anymore.

Jashar Pasha Inn

In 1850 Haxhi Zeka began the construction of a guest house in the expanded area of the Old Bazaar, carried on later by his brother’s son Jashar Pasha. Jashar Pasha’s guest house is an example of domestic residence construction, part of a complex including the Haxhi Zeka Tower. The current building is a reconstruction of the old guest house, which was built on the base of the stone wall, with thick brick walls constructed in a timberframing system.

 Austro-Hungarian Cemetery

In the Austro-Hungarian Cemetery, 208 Austro-Hungarian soldiers who served in Peja during World War I were buried. This cemetery started taking shape during 1900- 1912 and was reconstructed in 2014.

Patriarchate of Peja Monastery

The Patriarchate of Peja Monastery is a medieval Serbian Orthodox monastery of a high ecclesiastical culture, belonging to the Byzantine-Roman period of the 13th century. It is located near Lumbardh of Peja, at the entrance of Rugova Valley. The monastery complex is unique, with three churches connected as one whole, resulting in a total of four churches: Church of the Holy Apostles, Saint Demetrius, Saint Mary and Saint Nicholas.

 Nitaj Tower

Initially property of Halil Kasapolli, built by local craftsmen in the second half of the 19th century, belongs to the part of the guest house complex of Halil Kasapolli located in the centre of Peja. Now the tower belongs to the Nitaj family, hence its name. After interventions during the 20th century, when the mansion was turned into business function, two big and two small curved windows were opened. Now the tower is used for residential purposes, whereas the ground floor is a restaurant.

Binak Dina Tower

The three-storey tower of Binak Dina is located on the exit of the village of Raushiq in Peja Municipality. Constructed in the second half of the 19th century on a rectangular base, the tower has a ground floor that was used as a barn, the first floor with residential rooms, and the top floor with the men’s chamber. The corners of the mansion are constructed with hewn river stones, while the open gallery (dyshekllëk) is made of wood and it is set out along the entire front wall.

Ali Bajraktari Tower

The tower of Ali Bajraktari, a patriot of the Albanian National cause, is located in the centre of the village Vranoc in Peja Municipality. Constructed in the second half of the 18th century, the building possesses architectural, ethnographic and historical values. However, in 2004 seeing the cultural and historic importance of it, the mansion was restored by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport of Kosovo*.

Haki Spahiu Tower

This mansion is part of Spahiu family complex, built in the midst of the 19th century. The tower was built on a mass stone base with earth-bricks, plastered with white lime. The house is characterized by a horizontal layout with rectangular windows made of wood, and numerous openings in the front facade. The mansion has undergone changes in 1979, where an entrance and an annex were added to the ground floor. The mansion now is used for residential purposes, and is in poor condition.

Sylë Rexha Tower

The tower of Sylë Rexha is located in the centre of the village Vranoc in Peja Municipality. Built in the 18th century, the building has two storeys and is carried out with stone from river and corners made of hewn stones constructed by national craftsmen form Dibra (Albania) and craftsmen from the family of Syle Rexha.The building was burned in the 1999 war and the restoration was done from 2006 to 2009. In order to accommodate the needs of the residents, the mansion has undergone changes in the internal organization and is now in good condition.

Saint Jeremiah Cemetery Church

The Church of Saint Jeremiah is situated in the village of Gorazhdevc in the municipality of Peja, inhabited by Serb minority. The church was constructed in the 16th century and since 1958 is under the protection of the law. This church belongs to the type of churches with tray. It is built from oak timber and is well preserved. The church has a rectangular base, a low roof, and is covered with stone slabs of different sizes. The interior space is divided into the church’s narthex, the main part and the altar part.

Meyteb in Llukë e Epërme

In the village of Lluka e Epërme in the municipality of Deçan, in the centre of the village you will find the first Albanian school in this area (Turk. meyteb), the Meyteb of Tahir Effendi Lluka. The village meyteb was built by rural Albanian artisans in the 19th century, and construction-wise it resembles the towers of Dukagjini area. The meyteb is built in a rustic technique, with an opened portal, while the windows and the corners of the building were constructed using raw stones, differentiating these parts from the rest of the meyteb. The building retains its original condition, with some changes in later phases visible on the walls and as well on the plaster of the exterior facades.

 Tahir Lush Bërdynaj Mill

The Tahir Lush Bërdynaj Mill, constructed in the 19th century, is thought to be amongst the first watermills built in the area. The two-storey watermill is public and was built mainly in stone. The construction structure resembles the typical technique used in building fortified houses, respectively the towers of Dukagjin. Besides its use for milling wheat, the mill also hosted migrants from Albania, and rendered many services for the population of the area.

 Mosque of Drelaj

The Mosque of Drelaj is located in Drelaj Village in Rugova. This is the first mosque in the area of Rugova, built in 1915. Bogë village, in Rugova Valley, stands at an altitude of about 1,300m - 1,400m. From here you should manage to climb Hajla Peak, at 2.403 m. The village of Bogë, and the whole valley of Rugova is an already known area for skiing. Here you will find centers and facilities set up for the organization of various competitions in kosovo.

 Church of Kuqishtë

Kuqishtë is a village in Rugova, with a name deriving from the Albanian word “kuq” meaning “red”, referring to the red-colored stones and rocks in the area. Along with the church in Shtupeq i Vogël, the church in Kuqishte is the only remaining church in Rugova. It was built on the foundations of an old church. Activities of the Catholic Church have been documented in Rugova from the 18th century, where Albanian and Italian pastors have served throughout the years.

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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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