Time to visit Kosova ! The best of Prishtina

January 25, 2023 || 53 views

Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo, offers many attractions and activities to do and one day is not enough to get to know this city closely. The walk through the old part of the city includes several points of interest: the Museum of Kosovo, the Old Bazaar, the Stone Mosque, the Jashar Pasha Mosque, the Clock Tower, the Great Sultan Mehmet Fatih Mosque, the Hammam and the Ethnological Museum.

Museum of Kosova

Founded in 1949, with departments of archaeology, ethnography and natural science, in which a department for the study of history and the National Liberation War was added in 1959. The museum consists of three parts of the museum: the Museum of Kosovo itself, the Emin Housing Complex Gjikut, where the ethnological exhibition and the Independence Museum are presented. The museum consists of four sectors, the archaeological sector, the ethnological sector, the historical sector and the natural sector.
The main building of the museum consists of 3 halls or galleries, and one of them serves as a hall for permanent archaeological exhibitions, but various exhibitions are also presented in the inner courtyard of the museum, as well as in the lapidarium, namely in the Archaeological Park, which is located next to the museum building, or on the right side of it. In the cellars of the museum there are warehouses of thousands of finds, artifacts and mobile fragments of archaeological material, systematized and kept in special conditions with special attention and care.

 

Ethnological museum

is an integral part of the Museum of Kosovo. This museum was opened on July 27, 2006, respectively, to the public in September 2006.

This building was once the property of the well-known Gjinolli family. Since 1957, this group of buildings, including the servants’ house, the guest house and the family house, belongs to the Museum of Kosovo.
Emin Gjinolli was known by the nickname ‘Emin Kücük’ – from the Turkish ‘Little Emini’ – which later changed to ‘Emin Gjiku’.

On the left side, from the main door of the courtyard, you can see the only building that survived the destruction of the Old Bazaar. It was moved here in 1963. During the 90s, this complex was used as a nature museum. In 2003, the renovation of the complex began with the help of international donors, to transform it into an ethnological museum.
This ethnological complex is the pearl of Kosovo’s cultural heritage. It consists of four buildings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the extremely interesting ethnological exhibition, which shows life in Kosovo in ethnological terms during XV-XX centuries.

 

National Library

of Kosovo was established by the Assembly of Kosovo, and its main purpose is to collect and preserve the intellectual heritage of Kosovo and for Kosovo. Its collections are a precious treasure of national, regional and world heritage.

The library was founded in November 1944 and its headquarters was in Prizren. Then it was moved to Pristina in 1946. In 1952 the Library was closed and its funds were appropriated by the former Miladin Popovic Library. In 1956, the Library was re-established in the building behind the current BKUK building, which is now the

 

Art Gallery of Kosova

In 1982, the National and University Library of Kosovo (known at that time as the People’s and University Library of Kosovo), began its activity in the architectural object of a special style with domes, in which it is still located.
Due to the historical and political circumstances that Kosovo has gone through, the National and University Library of Kosovo has performed its function under the practices and constraints of the ideological and political system, being known by different names.
Since 1999, this central library institution of Kosovo is known as the National and University Library of Kosovo, performing the function as a library information center at the national level, which collects, processes and preserves library materials with documentary value for culture, art and science.