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To understand the emotions Kosovo stirs in the Serbs, you have to go back to 1389, to the Battle of Kosovo Polje—the Field of Blackbirds—one of the largest battles ever fought in medieval Europe. Here a Christian alliance tried to block the...more
My husband and I were on a six- week trip through the countries of the former Yugoslavia. We wanted to learn and understand why there were such terrible wars and conflicts in this area. That was a tall order to fill.
We came to the...More
Reviewing this site is complicated because what it represents is more important than the specific monument. This monument to the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, where the Ottomans defeated the pan-Balkan military, is particularly important to nationalist Serbs, so much so that Milosevic gave his nationalist...More
Gazimestan is the name of a monument commemorating the historical Battle of Kosovo, situated about 5 km from Pristina and it was built in 1953 under the authority of SFR Yugoslavia. It is in the shape of a medieval tower.
The monument is protected by...More
The field and the monument is a landmark in European history and represents so much. The monument itself could be a great source of national pride and mystique with some effort and dedication to protecting the site. This is a significant stop in any Balkans...More
You can ride a horse here - they are friendly but don't expect glossy restaurants and safety helmets. The experience is great though. In the summer, take sun cream and water as you will be very exposed. If you have read any history of Kosovo...More