CITY OF PEJA


The History, culture, tradition, the natural wealth, it’s positioning, preserved environment, fertile land and much more, are some of the elements that identifies the City of PEJA as a touristic place to be visited by tourists from all around the world in all seasons of the year. The city has a a great history and it is identified in Kosovo as a touristic Destination. Number of different documents shows about the egsistence of the City of PEJA as a an organized habitat since the Illyrians and it is mentioned as a caravan merchant crossroads between the Venice and Ragusa (antient Dubrovnik). Visiting Peja is somewhat a journey through different times, the times of Illyrians, Byzantium, Ottoman Era, World Wars, Commu - nism and recent history including today, so, while visiting PEJA you’ll find and see different objects and signs of the ancient city, (even though the majority of them are still buried and no archaeo- logical explorations has been undertaken yet). We could start with the positioning of the city of Peja in Illyrian era (the discovered stones can be found in the ethnographic museum), you can visit the religious monuments like mosques, catholic and orthodox churches, tekkes, Haxhi Bey’s Hammam, The Mill of Haxhi Zeka, the stone residential units (“kullat” ) of Peja, old city dwellings/houses, the traditional dresses, culture and traditional customs, hand made artisanal products, etc. Apart from the cultural journey that Peja offers, Peja has a vast natural wealth that surrounds the city on the north-western part of the city about 1 kilometre from the city centre. The majority of its natural wealth and beauty consists of the mountain region of Rugova Mountains that is a part of the “Accursed Mountains”. Some of the features to be mentioned are The Rugova Gorge, River Lumbardh, the lakes at 1860 meters above the sea level, countless caves (some of them are still being discovered and researched), wealthy flora and fauna micro-sys - tem, the mountain peaks above 2000 meters, and more, that are on offer to the worldwide tourists. One of the great Attractions of Peja is the Drini Waterfalls of 30 meters high waterfalls that are being visited by many tourists all through the year.



HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL MONUMENTS



In the City of Peja and it’s surroundings you can find a vast number of historical and cultural monuments that mark the culture and tradition of this municipality starting from the Illyrian Era until today. There are many historical monuments like: stone houses (kullat), old city dwellings, religious monuments, many mosques, catholic and orthodox churches, tekkes, Haxhi Bey’s Hammam, The Mill of Haxhi Zeka, the Old City Bazaar (Carshija e vjeter), as well as many other objects and monuments that marks city of Peja with its historical values during different eras. All these monuments are characterised with original architectonic values, built by the masters of that trade that worked mainly with wood and stone, and that is why the City of Peja is one of the destinations that is must to be visited and to take a journey through the steps of history.



CULTURE AND TRADITION



The early development of this city has been a major influence in cultural and traditional developments, to be continued to this day. The traditional dresses/costumes are one of the motifs that is carefully preserved to its original to this day. It is characterised with white and black colours for the male traditional dress, while female dresses are dominated by the red colour. It is very important to be mentioned that some of the ancient customs of the wedding ceremonies are preserved to this day and still practised on the mountainous areas, traditional aspect of the family and traditional laws, the traditional dance, traditional food served on the day as well as many more traditional cultural aspects that are preserved to this day.



ARTISANS



Since the ancient times Peja is known as city of merchants and artisans. The most known artisan trades are: silver and gold smith artisans, felt artisans (fez/qeleshe making), rug artisans, blacksmiths and horse tack artisans (Saraç), (leather Saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, and other decorative elements). There are still some remaining specialised artisanal stores that their traditional expertise have passed from one generation to another.



HOTELS AND GASTRONOMY



The tradition of being the merchant and in the crossroads of many ancient and modern day roads, Peja has a good number of hotels that offer good accommodation for its visitors. Gastronomy is one of the traditions of this city and it is valued as an original place to taste the traditional dishes of north-western part of Kosovo.You can taste these dishes in many restaurants in and around the city surrounded by green views of pastures, mountains and serenity.



THE NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT



Peja is known as an Ecological City with over 70% of its surface covered with green areas. It is the mountainous region of Rugova that contains over 52% of this surface with its natural beauty and gives the city constant breeze of freshness. There are natural attractions, beautiful and great natural resources, Rugova Gorge scenic, rivers and lakes at the height of 1860 m, water springs, waterfalls, caves, and the variety of flora and fauna, and within the city almost in every corner you’ll find the green oases that enhance the beauty of Peja.