A Visit to Patriarchate Serbian Monastery in Peja, Kosovo

The other weekend, some fellow volunteer friends and I visited Patriarchate of Peja, a Serbian monastery that was built in the 13th century.

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Walking down the snowy road to the monastery …

If you read this blog regularly, you may have noticed I post a lot about Albanian culture. This is because Kosovo’s population is largely ethnically Albanian. I have lived with two Albanian host families, and during pre-service training, I learned to speak Shqip (Albanian). Some members of my cohort opted to learn both Shqip and Serbian, but I decided against that since I figured learningย one new language would be challenging enough.

Anyway, Iย haven’t writtenย about Serbian culture because I simply don’t know as much about it. I was happy to have a chance to visit the monastery and learn a bit more about Serbian tradition.

Patriarchate is a medieval Serbian Orthodox monastery. Serbian Orthodox is an autocephalous Christian church. Autocephalous means that the church operates as a hierarchy, where the head bishop does not report to any higher ranking bishop.

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take photos inside the monastery, but I was able to take this pretty (if I say so myself) shot of the exterior.

Serbian monastery in the snow. #peja #kosovo

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