Gjakova

Gjakova
With an urban population of almost 50,000, Gjakova (Serbian, Đakovica) is the fifth largest city in Kosovo. Some 35km south of Peja on the main Prizren road, Gjakova’s roots lie way back in the Dardanian period of history. Known in previous times as Patkova, Reka and Altin, the name Gjakova first appeared in historical Ottoman records in 1485. During the 17th century the city went through a period of rapid development, with many mosques, hans, tekkes and a beautiful hamam being constructed during this time. Pride of place in the centre of the city was the Çarshia e Madhe, or Grand Bazaar, a large marketplace attracting traders from all over the region that was seriously damaged during the 1999 war but that’s now almost completely renovated. Unlike most of the other destinations outside of Peja mentioned in this guide, Gjakova has enough to see and do to truly justify an overnight stay. The following few serve as a brief introduction to the city, representing barely the tip of the iceberg. 


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