Sports & nature
The Çarshi of Peja is initially mentioned in documents dating from 15th century, explaining it as center of great trading importance. In Çarshi one may see many monuments related to Haxhi Zeka. The Bajrakli Mosque is located at the middle of Çarshia, with the grave of Haxhi Zeka buried in its yard. Following further is the Pasha Stronghold (built by Haxhi Zeka), resembling the strongholds of the 18th and 20th century; a two storey stone made stronghold with huge windows.
Along the way, you may see the first school in Albanian language in Peja, built by Haxhi Zeka also. On the same road, along the way one may visit the Hamam Mosque and the Haxhi Bey Hamam; public baths built in 15th century. The small streets along Çarshi, hold small, charming and very old houses, relatively maintained. On the right hand side from Haxhi Zeka school, you may see the old house owned by Begolli family, still preserving the old garret of the house, the roof and carefully engraved wooden decorations, two centuries ago. Some of these houses are under protecting authority; however they can be visited in accordance with the owners, usually being very open for visits.
The first mechanized mill in the city is also named Haxhi Zeka Mill, built by Austrians marking the beginning of the industrial era in the city.
Regional Museum of Peja, located at Tahir Bey Han (traditional dosshouse), representing old urban houses of the 18th century. Gockaj Stronghold, an 18th century stronghold, currently serves as the Regional Institute for Protection of Cultural and Historical Monuments.
Kurshumlia Mosque, another old Mosque built in the 17th century by Merre Hysein Pasha with a characteristic stronghold construction, is located near the Çarshia.
The city of Peja is a nice combination nature and architecture, consisting of buildings from the communist period, as well. The city is not so big; therefore it is preferred to go for a walk in its parks. Grand Park, Little Park, Long Cemetery (once cemetery, currently transformed into parks through which River Jazi flows by).
After visiting the city, Rugova Gorge is a great walking opportunity, situated north east of the city. On the road in Rugova’s Gorge, at the fifth kilometer, you may visit the Church of Saint Catherine, built between the two World Wars. Further down the road, 300 meters from the church, is the Peja Patriarchate, consisting of several monasteries. The development of the city of Peja, is tightly bond with the past developing periods as an important cultural and political center, dating back in the beginning of the 18th century.
The Peja Çarshi/Long Çarshi (usually old square of cities or towns in Kosova), even though the city has grown eventually, still remains the epicenter and city center of Peja. A large part of handicraft shops have been closed, however there are still some stone-carving shops, blacksmiths and carpenter working.