Decani Monastery

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Decani Monastery

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.

Albanian Staple Foods

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Albania Staple Foods

Number 1: CHEESE. This is a creamy type of cheese called Gjiza and Abanians eat it with everything. They also put it in Byrek. Mmmmm delicious. You can buy huge tubs of Gjiza at the grocery store. Number 2: PEPPERS Albanians eat a lot of peppers. They like spice. I think peppers are the only vegetable they eat here. Farmers at the market sell them by the bag! A delicious Albanian dish is peppers cooked with gjiza…..two of the best Albanian staple foods together!