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    The appeal of Kosovo

    A monument in Pristina commemorating Kosovo’s declaration of independence.

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    The appeal of Kosovo

    A Prizren man greets visitors.

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    The Serbian government began construction of this Serbian Orthodox church near Pristina before Kosovo’s independence, but its future is now uncertain.

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    A Peja dance group takes a break.

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    The new public library in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.

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    A Kosovar wants to make it clear that this turf is now Kosovo and not Serbia. This sign was painted on a wall in Prizren.

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    A sidewalk cafe on the pedestrian street, Mother Teresa Street in Pristina.

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    View of rooftops and a small minaret in the early morning, in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.

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    A brightly painted apartment house is the centerpiece of this city view in Pristina.

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    Laundry dries in the bright sun on an apartment balcony in the Kosovo capital, Pristina.

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    The Gazimestan Monument commemorates the 1389 Battle of Kosovo at which Serbian and others fought unsuccessfully to keep the Ottomans out of the Balkans. Because of its importance to the Serbs, it is guarded by Kosovo police and visitors must show IDs.

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    The guesthouse (slated to be a museum) on the grounds of Sultan Murat I’s tomb. The sultan was killed in the 1389 Battle of Kosovo.

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    Typical kulla, or fortified stone houses, seen in the historic zone of Dranoc near Peja, Kosovo.

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    A host, in traditional dress, emerges from the Mazrekaj family kulla. The house was restored to receive tourists and locals for lunches and other events.

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    A costumed Kosovar woman helps serve lunch to visiting tourists.

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    A dance group demonstrates traditional steps for an audience at the Dukagjini Hotel in Peja.

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    The appeal of Kosovo

    A dance group demonstrates traditional steps for an audience at the Dukagjini Hotel in Peja.

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    The appeal of Kosovo

    A dance group demonstrates traditional steps for an audience at the Dukagjini Hotel in Peja.

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    The youngest in a dance group shows her stuff during the show at the Dukagjini Hotel in Peja.

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    The exterior of the ethnographical museum in Peja, Kosovo.

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    Autumn in Rugova Gorge in the mountains outside of Peja, Kosovo.

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    The church at the heart of the Serbian Orthodox Decani Monastery near Peja. Its interior walls are covered with more than 1,000 frescoes dating from the 14th century.

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    Prizren, in southern Kosovo, is famed for its Ottoman heritage, including this stone bridge.

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    The Emin Pasha Mosque, seen from the hilltop fortress that overlooks Prizren, Kosovo.

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    View of Prizren, in southern Kosovo, as seen from the city’s hilltop fortress.

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    Hadum Mosque in the Gjakova, badly damaged in 1999 but since restored.

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    One of the many shops rebuilt in Gjakova after Kosovo’s 1999 war with Serbia. The entire bazaar was destroyed and rebuilt.

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    Traditional baggy pants for women, the kule, are displayed in the market at Gjakova, Kosovo.

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    Residents walk along the roads in the hills above Kosovo’s divided city of Mitrovica. These houses are on the Serbian side of town.

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