MUNICIPALITY OF PEJA
The city of Pejë is situated on the banks of Curse Mountains rising over the Rugova Mountains. It is the main economic and cultural center of the north-western part of Kosovo. The municipality of Pejë/Peć has a population of around 130,000 habitants, composed of Albanians (95%), Serbs (1%), RAE (1.9%) and others (2.1%). the municiplity of Pejë/Peć with the other two neighboring municiplaities of Deçan/Dečane and Gjakova/Đakovica shares the values of the Bjeshket e Nemuna/Prokletije National Park with the spectacular six km. long Rugova Canyon of the Lumëbardhi/Bistrica River. Pejë/Peć offers a lot of cultural heritage assets of different historical periods. The preserved, most attractive ones are located in the center of the town: Bajrakli mosque (XV c.) Haxhi Bey Hammam (XV c.), Great Bazzar (ﬁ rst time mentioned in the XV c.), and several characteristic urban residential buildings - „kullas“, of the wealthy and inﬂ uentual citizens of Pejë/Peć in the XIX c., such as Haxhi Zeka, Zenel bey , the Goska’s and Limani’s families. The monastery complex of Pejë/Peć Patriarchate (XIII-XVII c.), an important ecclestiastical seat of the Orthodox Serbs and a great Byzantine artistic center, is located near to the city centre at the entrance of Rugova Valley. The tradition of the reach social life of the population of the area is expressed by performing of many traditional events and handcraft production, among which the Rugova games and the men’s hat artisanship are recognised by the PCDK working groups as important to be developed by the practitioners and attractive to be visited by the tourists.