Ferizaj

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Public library in Ferizaj

Ferizaj is a town in Kosovo, just west of the main highway linking the national capital, Pristina, with the Macedonian border.

Understand[edit]

Ferizaj was no more than a small collection of shacks and houses until the ThessalonikiBelgrade railway was laid during the Ottoman era, in 1873. A local landowner, Firuz Agha, whose name was evolved to Feriz in local languages, started to run a hotel then, giving the town its name ("Feriz's").

The Serbian name of the town, Uroševac (Урошевац), was coined in honour of a medieval ruler of Serbia, Stefan Uroš, after the town was annexed by Serbia in 1913 despite heavy Albanian resistance. However, with the population being overwhelmingly Albanian, this name does not see any practical use nowadays (one particular exception being the Slavic-run websites, such as that of Skopje's bus station, which lists the town with its Serbian name and turns no results for Ferizaj), and indeed, the locals may likely be offended by its use given the historical emnity between these two nations.

Get in[edit]

Buses from Skopje to Pristina stop at the bus station here (one and a half hours from Skopje, including the border formalities). There are also dedicated buses from Pristina bus station (40 minutes).

The reason of the town's existence in the first place, the train station welcomes trains traversing the Pristina–Skopje line.

Both the bus and the train stations lie on Ahmet Kaçiku St, about 250 mt apart from each other.

Get around[edit]

Walk. The mosque & the church (roughly 300 mt from the train station, and 500 mt from the bus station) can be accessed from Ahmet Kaçiku St through an underground passage below the rail tracks.

See[edit]

The church and the mosque—the only sight in Ferizaj

Ferizaj is neither a historical nor a particularly beautiful city, and you virtually have one attraction here: the church and the mosque that stand wall to wall. While not unique to Ferizaj, this is of especial importance in a region where religious (and ethnic) tensions run high. On a purely artistic standpoint, though, the mosque is just a plain, square building that you wouldn't bat an eye if elsewhere, and the church, dedicated to Uroš, is not the most ornate one, and is somewhat dilapidated.

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Eat[edit]

There is a great hamburger place in Ferizaj located down the main street running thru the city. They call themselves McDonalds but don't expect to get a Big Mac.

  • Orchide (42.370082,21.152136). Very high end restaurant, great prices. the restaurant is very modern, and serves everything from steak to pizza. American service members often eat here.
  • Gjyla restaurantDeshmoret e Kombit 044219431.

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Go next[edit]

Pristina is north, and Kaçanik is south. There are also buses a few times a day to Prizren in the west.

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