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Ancient Sites In Kosovo, UNESCO's Likely Next Member

The UN's Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voted to recommend Kosovo as a full member. The majority of members overruled objections from Serbia, which doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence. The country's inclusion in UNESCO will be put to a final vote by all UN member states on November 9. Here are some of the diverse cultural and historical sites in Kosovo that already enjoy UNESCO recognition or other protected status.


An excavation site at the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Ulpiana, near Pristina, the capital of Kosovo
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An excavation site at the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Ulpiana, near Pristina, the capital of Kosovo

Roman walls in Ulpiana
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Roman walls in Ulpiana

The Prizren medieval fortress, one of Kosovo's UNESCO-recognized sites, was once the seat of the Serbian Empire.
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The Prizren medieval fortress, one of Kosovo's UNESCO-recognized sites, was once the seat of the Serbian Empire.

The Prizren medieval fortress
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The Prizren medieval fortress

The minaret of the Hadum Mosque in the western town of Gjakova. The mosque was built in 1598 under the Ottoman Empire and was partly destroyed in Kosovo's 1998-99 war between Serb forces and ethnic Albanian guerrillas.
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The minaret of the Hadum Mosque in the western town of Gjakova. The mosque was built in 1598 under the Ottoman Empire and was partly destroyed in Kosovo's 1998-99 war between Serb forces and ethnic Albanian guerrillas.

The dome of the Hadum Mosque
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The dome of the Hadum Mosque

A Serbian Orthodox monastery in Gracanica, Kosovo. Located on the ruins of a 6th century basilica, the monastery was built by Serbian King Stefan Milutin in the early 14th century.
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A Serbian Orthodox monastery in Gracanica, Kosovo. Located on the ruins of a 6th century basilica, the monastery was built by Serbian King Stefan Milutin in the early 14th century.

The Serbian Orthodox monastery in Gracanica
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The Serbian Orthodox monastery in Gracanica

The Sultan Mehmet Fatih Grand Mosque in Pristina was built in 1460–1461 during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, also known as al-Fatih, or The Conqueror.
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The Sultan Mehmet Fatih Grand Mosque in Pristina was built in 1460–1461 during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, also known as al-Fatih, or The Conqueror.

The interior of the Sultan Mehmet Fatih Grand Mosque
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The interior of the Sultan Mehmet Fatih Grand Mosque

Saint Ndou Catholic Church in Pristina
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Saint Ndou Catholic Church in Pristina

Saint Ndou Catholic Church
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Saint Ndou Catholic Church

The 17th century Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren
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The 17th century Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren

The Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren
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The Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren

Mehmet Pasha Hamam in Prizren
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Mehmet Pasha Hamam in Prizren

The buildings of the League of Prizren, an Albanian political organization founded on January 5, 1877
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The buildings of the League of Prizren, an Albanian political organization founded on January 5, 1877

The Orthodox Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor in Prizren
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The Orthodox Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor in Prizren

The Old Stone Bridge in Prizren
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The Old Stone Bridge in Prizren

The Orthodox Church of Saint George Runovic in Prizren
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The Orthodox Church of Saint George Runovic in Prizren

The Orthodox Church of Saint George Runovic
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The Orthodox Church of Saint George Runovic

Visoki Dečani monastery south of the town of Peć. The structure is the largest medieval church in the Balkans.
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Visoki Dečani monastery south of the town of Peć. The structure is the largest medieval church in the Balkans.

 The Serbian Orthodox monastery in the town of Peć
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 The Serbian Orthodox monastery in the town of Peć

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