Prizren Prizren

City of Prizren is the second biggest in the Province of Kosovo and Metohija, with population nearly of 200.000. There are the records of human settlements dating back to the ancient times, when Illyrian tribes lived before the Roman conquered this area and established Theranda, now known as Prizren.

Shortly after the Fall of Rome Byzantines restored the reign over the region and it lasted until 830 AD when it was incorporated into First Bulgarian Empire. For a four-century period Byzantines managed to return and to reinstall their rule, but they were driven out finally in 1208 by the Serbian forces.

During the era of Serbian rulers city of Prizren grew significantly and many kings and dukes built their own courts, respectively. This period was also marked with construction of some of the remarkable masterpieces of the medieveal Serbian architecture. In the XIV century king Stefan Milutin started to build the Temple of Holy Lady of Ljevis who would lately become the seat of Serbian Orthodox Church Episcopate of Prizren. His grandson and first Serbian Emperor, Stefan Dusan, gave to the city an imperial status by establishing imperial court in the fortress of Kaljaja. In year of 1343 Dusan has ordered a construction of Monastery of Saint Archangel which was completed in 1552. It took only 9 years to build this massive complex which dominates over the area. After Dusan’s death in 1355 importance of Prizren declined and only within one century it changed many rulers. The Ottoman Empire soon took the city in 1545. Later it became a part of the Ottoman province of Rumelia. It was a prosperous trade city, benefiting from its position on the north-south and east-west trade routes across the Empire. Prizren became one of the larger cities of the Ottomans' Kosovo Province.

Present-day Prizren is greatest multiethnic area within entire Kosovo and Metohija, although only dozens Serbs are still living in the city. Visiting Prizren and its surroundings might proof worthy and visiting Kosovo and Metohija but do not visit this tremendous place would be real petty. Its rich historical and cultural heritage and a multiethnic spirit should be a wildcard for the tourists who are planning the trip to this area.

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