MUNICIPALITY OF JUNIK

The municipality of Junik is located in the far western part of Kosovo along the mountainous border with Albania, between the municipalities of Gjakovë/Đakovica and Deçan/Dečane. It includes the small town of Junik and two villages - Jasiq/Jasić and Gjocaj/Đocaj - which have been inhabited only since the confl ict in 1999. It is estimated that Junik has around 9,600 inhabitants mainly residing in Junik town. The entire population is Kosovo Albanian. In medieval times, Junik was the administrative center of Reka e Keqe. In the late 14th century it was a seat of the Ottoman administrative unit (nah ia) of Altun Ihli. Junik is known for its kullas, which were built as fortifi ed stone family dwellings, in several neighbourhood clusters: Tergovishte, Gacaffer and Berishë. These have created a unique core or ensemble of buildings in Junik, and are the oldest structures of this building typology can be found in Kosovo. According to the fi eld data obtained, the only sacral monument preserved in Junikis the Çoku Mosque, built in 1580. Having experienced many interventions, the mosque today is fl anked by two minarets refl ecting the most recent extensions undertaken in 1878. The peak of Mount Gjeravica/Ðeravica near Junik is the highest in the region, at 2656m above sea level. There are two lakes which relate to earlier glacial activity in the area. The Erenik river is the largest river in the region (covering an area of 515.5 km²) and has its source in the Big Lake. The other lake forms the Moronica landscape, with a variety of valleys, hilly terrain, hilltop crests and rocks that shape a canyon-type formation along the Erenik river. This holds great potential for sport and recreational tourism development in Junik municipality.

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