Deçan/Decan

Deçan/Decan

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Deçan is a town and municipality in the Gjakova district of western Kosovo. It is a mountainous area which borders Montenegro and Albania. There is a total of 36 villages within the municipality. The territory of the municipality is 372 km2.

During the 1998–1999 war, Deçan was one of the strongholds of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and subsequently suffered a large amount of infrastructure destruction by the Serbian military and paramilitary forces. Much reconstruction has taken place with the assistance of the international agencies and support from the Kosovo Albanian diaspora.It is widely known (mainly amongst the Serbian population) for the Visoki Dečani monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Country Kosovo
Languages spokenAlbanian, Serbo-Croation,
Currency usedEuro
Area (km2)372

Nightlife info

  • The Sun bar - Bar

Culture and history info

Culture

The Serbian Orthodox monastery Visoki Dečani near the town is 36 meters by 24 meters with a tower 29 meters high. It was built between 1327 and 1335 by the medieval king Stefan Uroš III Dečanski of Serbia, and was dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord. The monastery is situated in the valley of the Dečanska Bistrica river surrounded by the mountains and forests of the Prokletije mountain range. It is regarded as the largest and best preserved medieval monastery in Kosovo. The founding charter of the monastery is dated 1330. The following year the King Stefan Uroš III died and was buried at the monastery, which henceforth became his popular shrine. Indeed, the epithet Dečanski refers to geographical location of the king's foundation of the monastery. Construction was continued by his son Emperor Stefan Uroš IV Dušan until 1335, but the wall-painting was not completed until 1350.

Visoki Dečani was declared a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1990, and was protected by the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 2004, UNESCO listed the monastery on the World Heritage List, citing its frescoes as "one of the most valued examples of the so-called Palaeologan renaissance in Byzantine painting" and "a valuable record of the life in the 14th century" and was protected by UNMIK/KFOR.

History

Hotel Eliza

Hotel Eliza

Str. Peja - Deçan, Deçan/Decan
Location in Isnic near Decan.More info
Peaks of the Balkans

Peaks of the Balkans

Deçan/Decan, Prishtina, Peja/Pec
Day 1  – 10/07/2017 Pick up from airport, accommodation in hotel in Prishtina. City tour in Pr More info
Religious Coexistence

Religious Coexistence

Gjakovë/Gjakova, Deçan/Decan, Prishtina, Peja/Pec
Meet Islam, Christian Orthodox, Christian Catholic and Bektashi communities Day: Every day (depends More info

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