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Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Archaeological excavations have revealed traces of the presence prehistoric times in the region, but Pristina as an important center has only developed much later. In this city, marked by great contrasts, the socialist / communist constructions concrete and modern glass buildings invade the older neighborhoods where a few houses Ottomans remain. Fortunately, the inhabitants know how to infuse this chaos with a dynamic and constructive. According to official data, Pristina is the largest city in the country and has around 200,000 inhabitants. On weekdays the number appears to be much higher due to the students and workers there. come when they live outside the city. Pristina is an economic hedgehog for the whole of country and "all roads lead to Pristina", as a local song says. The city is indeed the center administrative, commercial, cultural and educational of the country. Artefacts from the Neolithic era have been found in several sites around Pristina. The Goddess on the Throne, a terracotta pagan goddess figurine dating to 6000 BC, has become the emblem of the capital city. During Roman times Ulpiana, near Pristina, was one of the most important settlements of the Balkans. Pristina was first mentioned in 1342 by the Byzantine emperor Jean Cantacuzène, who describes it as a village. Its proximity to the trade routes of the Balkans allowed it to become a shopping center, an important point of connection between Thessaloniki and Ragusa (Dubrovnik today). Built between two rivers, the Vellusha and the Prishtevka, which flow today under the asphalt, the old town was a center of trade and crafts during the Ottoman period.

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