Thursday, 19 May 2011

Prishtina, Kosovo

One more card for today, and this one is quite a treat, too, or at least something I never thought I'd ever get. I mean Kosovo isn't exactly a hugely popular tourist destination... I can't help feeling a little sad looking at this postcard. It's what the sender, "pierresurleciel" wrote, it's so sad to see how two nations live side by side but not together, and not even understanding the other side's language. Here's hoping the situation over there will get better one day.

Prishtina is the capital and largest city of Kosovo. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous municipality and district.

It is estimated that the current population of the city stands between 500,000 and 600,000. Preliminary results of 2011 census puts population of Pristina at 200.000. The city has a majority Albanian population, alongside other smaller communities including Bosniaks, Roma and others. It is the administrative, educational, and cultural centre of Kosovo. The city is home to the University of Pristina and is served by the Pristina International Airport.

Prishtina lies in the north-eastern part of Kosovo close to the Goljak mountains. From Pristina there is a good view of the Šar Mountains which lie several kilometres away in the south of Kosovo. Pristina is located beside two large towns, Obilić and Kosovo Polje. In fact Pristina has grown so much these past years that it has connected with Kosovo Polje. Lake Badovac is just a few kilometres to the south of the city.

The stamp is from a set of 5 stamps depicting local costumes, issued in 2007 by the United Nations Adminstration Kosovo.

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