Cultural trail

1.Cultural trail starts from the town center, where you’ll find on the west side first hotel built in 1929, from where you can see the beauty of Rugova Mountains, while on the north side you’ll find the 1968 demonstrations memorial. The trail continues along the east side by hotel "Dukagjini" built in 1956 and located above the statue of Mother Teresa and opposite the national hero Shkëlzen Haradinaj’s monument. The trail continues on the eastern side of the city to reach "Haxhi Zeka" square, where you’ll find Peja’s patriot Haxhi Zeka memorial, while on the left side is Tahir Bey Inn, which is on use as ethnological museum.

2.Tahir Bey Old Traditional House - represents the most beautiful type of old houses in the city of Peja. The house is a cultural monument built by Albanian masters in 1800. The building was first located in the city center (between the municipal building and post office), and in 1960 was honored by being re-located on the Haxhi Zeka square. This ancient house has its architectural composition and spatial structure and functional overlap with the compositional features of many medieval houses in Peja. This type of buildings are characterized by wooden roof crow foldable windows and upper wooden balcony known as “divanhane”.

3.Statue of "Haxhi Zeka" - In the square is a statue of Haxhi Zeka, the founder of liberation and protection movement of the Albanian lands in 1899, with the name "League of Peja" or "Besa-Besa" (Besa is the famous Albanian promise that can not be broken). Mehmet Byberi Zejnel Abedin, also found in archival-diplomatic sources as Zejnel Efendi, Haxhi Zejnel, Mulla Zeka, as well as how they popularly called him Haxhi Zeka, is one of the most prominent Albanian patriots of the second half of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX century. Recognized as a patriot and a participant in many important activities for our national cause. Was among the first industrialists, spending and investing all his assets to the national cause. He was killed by the hand of the enemy in 1902.

4.Peja Old Bazaar - Old Bazaar area is a part of Pejas cultural heritage. Old Bazaar is known for the importance of economic development that has affected the city of Peja and the whole region, and therefore has a heritage value which identifies development of Peja. This area was built during the Ottoman Empire in XIV century and was composed of four parts: Great Bazaar, Long Bazaar, Okol (the part at the end of Bazaar) and Fountain Bazaar. There were 960 stores using different cras. Even today in Great Bazaar you can find some of these artisanal stores that carry on with their traditional cras.

5.Bajrakli Mosque - In the middle of the Old Bazaar is "Bayrakli Mosque" or otherwise known as "Bazaars Mosque" built in 1471. Besides buildings architecture, beautiful characteristic of this mosq uaree also styling in its cupolas/domes.

6.Haxhi Beys Hamam - is also one of the objects of cultural value, which is part of Pejas cultural trail. Object is built in the XV century, at the time of the Ottoman Empire, and is used by citizens as a public bath. There is a bitter history of Hamam, aer several attempts of its disap-pear ance, but thanks to citizen engagement it is saved, maintaineadn d now is used as a space hosting various exhibitions.

7.Defterdar Mosque - The path continues with a visit to the oldest mosque in the city - "The Deftedar Mosque ", which was also burned and was restored in 2009 and now is on the list of sites protected by law.

8.Kurshumli Mosque - is located not far from the Deftedar Mosque. It was built in XV century and is one of the most beautiful mosques, during the restoration of the mosque, old foundations were found, which indicates that this object is much older than that recognized or marked by history.

9.Haxhi Zeka’s Mill - The path continues with a visit to the Haxhi Zekas mill , as the first industrial water mill, which belongs to the Austro-Hungarian period, where the whole region has used mills services for grinding grain and other flour products. Mill has been restored, it is under protection and serves for various exhibitions and visits.

10.Kulla's (Towers/residential dwellings) also represent an important cultural heritage of the city of Peja. In the city and its environs are many kullas, each characterized by a specific architecture, built with a great maisonry of well known Albanian masters of stone carv ing. Cultural trail includes visiting the most interesting of 5 kullas/towers in the city, starting from the Kulla of Haxhi Zeka, Kulla of Nitaj family, Kulla of Limani family, Goskajs Kulla, which can also be visited inside and Zenel Beys Kulla, which is also known as the oldest tower the city of Peja and now is transformed also in restaurant with tradionial food.

11.Catholic Church “Saint Catherine” - After visiting Zejnel Beys Kulla, the path continues with the visit to the "St. Catherine " Catholic Church, built on the foundations of an old church of Albanian Catholic confection in 1928. As the parish church "St. Catherine " exists from the Arbers First Council (year 1703 led by Pope Clement). Church is a three-nave basilica type

12.Austro-Hungarian Cemetery - early dated graves that belong to years from 1900 to 1912. In this cemetery except that there were buried old Peja citizens, there are also buried about 50 Austro-Hungarian soldiers that have served their time in Peja from where the cemetery took its name from. Even though no research has been conducted on these cemeteries, it is expected in the near future to find out more details about the ancient history of these cemeteries.

13.Patriarchate of Peja - Cultural path continues with the visit to the Orthodox Church, known as “Patriarchate of Peja”, built in the early XIII century. which is located at the entrance of the Rugova Gorge. It is one of the most important monuments of the late Byzantine period in Europe. The four buildings of the facility reflect the ancient Roman-Byzantium culture of a particular style of wall paintings and its frescoes.