This church and fully functioning monastery community has to be one of my favorite places in Kosovo. As an art history lover, I go crazy over the unique medieval Balkan architecture and the gorgeous frescoes inside. This church is in the Italian Romanesque style, very similar to a number of churches in Southern Italy and the Puglia region (directly across the sea from Kosovo and Montenegro). In fact, the designer for this structure was Fra Vita, an Italian Friar. It was constructed by Italian architects from Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor. The striped effect with the two different types of marble shows this particular Italian influence. I find it so interesting that way back in the middle ages, Kosovo and the Balkans were exchanging artistic styles with Italy.