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Kosovo (/ˈkɒsəvoʊ, ˈkoʊ-/;Albanian: Kosova, [kɔsɔva] or Kosovë; Serbian Cyrillic: Косово) is a disputed territory and partially recognised state in Southeastern Europe that declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo (Albanian: Republika e Kosovës; Serbian: Република Косово/Republika Kosovo).

Kosovo is landlocked in the central Balkan Peninsula. With its strategic position in the Balkans, it serves as an important link in the connection between central and southern Europe, the Adriatic Sea, and Black Sea. Its capital and largest city is Pristina, and other major urban areas include Prizren, Peć and Gjakova. It is bordered by Albania to the southwest, the Republic of Macedonia to the southeast, Montenegro to the west and the uncontested territory of Serbia to the north and east. While Serbia recognises administration of the territory by Kosovo's elected government, it continues to claim it as its own Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija.

On 17 February 2008, Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia. It has since gained diplomatic recognition as a sovereign state by 111 UN member states, Serbia refuses to recognize Kosovo as a state.

I would like to kindly ask foreign guests to refrain from political discussions on this thread.
You may ask me questions, about my impressions, but no political fights on this thread.
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Ferizaj/Uroševac is a city and municipality in Kosovo. It is the third largest city in Kosovo and the administrative center of the homonymous district.

The city of Ferizaj has been populated since the prehistoric era by the Starčevo, Vinča and Baden culture. During the Ottoman period, Ferizaj served as a trading center on the route between Belgrade and Thessaloniki. Ferizaj has always been considered as a city where tolerance and coexistence in terms of religion and culture has been part of the society in the last centuries. In 1999, the base of the United States Army were established in the City. It is the largest and the most expensive foreign military base built by the Americans in Europe, since the Vietnam War.

The city suffered some damage during the 1999 Kosovo War, with some of its Albanian-populated neighborhoods being shelled and burned by the Yugoslav Army. Following the war, the city has seen serious inter-communal unrest, which has resulted in almost all of the Serbians, and other non-Albanian inhabitants, either being expelled or fleeing.

The Big Mosque of Mulla Veseli built in 1891, and the St. Uroš Orthodox Cathedral in the centre of Ferizaj are considered symbolic of religious tolerance between Muslim Albanians and Christian Serbs. Because the mosque and the church are next to one another, many people like to take photos of them. The mosque was destroyed during World War II, but then rebuilt. During the Kosovo War in 1999 neither was destroyed, but in March 2004 during unrest in Kosovo, the church was attacked.

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Seamănă mult cu litoralul românesc!
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N-am mai fost de peste 20 de ani pe litoralul romanesc :lol:

Insa ce mi-a sarit in ochi negativ in Kosovo, mormane de gunoaie la marginea drumului, in rauri, cu caini cautand prin ele, gunoaie si prin orase din pacate. Mult praf, poluare si saracie.
In rest nu pot sa ma plang, oamenii au fost cumsecade si nu au reactionat in vreun fel negativ la faptul ca sunt roman.
Prevalla/Prevalac is a park located in Sharr Mountains, on the road from Shterpce to Prizren, at a height of 1515 meters above sea level. The mountainous terrain, amazing landscape and fresh air make it a fantastic area for hiking, skiing and unwinding. Moreover, Lepenci River derives in this territory, which makes it even more attractive and interesting for the visitors.

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Prizren (Albanian: Prizreni, Serbian: Призрен; pronounced [prîzrɛn]) is a city and municipality located in the Prizren District of Kosovo.[a] According to the 2011 census, the city of Prizren has 85,119 inhabitants, while the municipality has 177,781 inhabitants.

Prizren is a historic city located on the banks of the Prizren Bistrica river, and on the slopes of the Šar Mountains (Albanian: Malet e Sharrit) in the southern part of Kosovo. The municipality has a border with Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.

By road the city is 99 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of Skopje, 85 kilometres (53 miles) south of Pristina and 175 kilometres (109 miles) northeast of Tirana.

The town of Prizren did not suffer much during the Kosovo War but its surrounding municipality was badly affected 1998–1999. Before the war, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe estimated that the municipality's population was about 78% Kosovo Albanian, 5% Serb and 17% from other national communities. At the end of the war in June 1999, most of the Albanian population returned to Prizren. Serbian and Roma minorities fled, with the OSCE estimating that 97% of Serbs and 60% of Romani had left Prizren by October.

On March 17, 2004, during the Unrest in Kosovo some Serb cultural monuments in Prizren were damaged, burned or destroyed, such as old Orthodox Serb churches:
  • Our Lady of Ljeviš from 1307 (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • the Church of Holy Salvation
  • Church of St. George (the city's largest church)
  • Church of St. George (Runjevac)
  • Church of St. Kyriaki, Church of St. Nicolas (Tutić Church)
  • the Monastery of The Holy Archangels,
  • Prizren's Orthodox seminary of Saint Cyrillus and Methodius

The municipality of Prizren is still the most culturally and ethnically heterogeneous of Kosovo, retaining communities of Bosniaks, Turks, and Romani in addition to the majority Kosovo Albanian population live in Prizren. Only a small number of Kosovo Serbs remains in Prizren and area, residing in small villages, enclaves, or protected housing complexes. Furthermore, Prizren's Turkish community is socially prominent and influential, and the Turkish language is widely spoken even by non-ethnic Turks.

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