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Do you remember the old Marash area from these days? Did you live here? We'd like to hear from you.

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Serbs lived for centuries in Prizren, the capital of their medieval state. Some of their houses occupied the area of Marash, on a hill overlooking the historic town and surrounding the 14th century Church of the Holy Saviour.

In March 2004, nearly five years after the Kosovo war, most Serb cultural monuments in Prizren were damaged, set on fire, or destroyed in one single day. Empty and derelict, the old Serb homes in the Marash area bear silent witness to the acts of vandalism. In 1999 almost ten thousand Serbs were living in Prizren, while today there are just a handful of them.

People in Prizren say that the owners of the Serb houses, now far away, should either come back to repair them, or sell them. The owners feel that no one can force them to sell some of the town's most prestigious properties, nor would they return to an area where they do not feel safe.

What do you think? Do you recognise your old house here?

We would like to hear from you.

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Photos summer 2013

© Velislav Radev

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Matija Biljeskovic - Return to Prizren

Matija Bilješković comes from the picturesque town of Prizren in Kosovo.

He's spent almost all his life abroad, but has returned home now to stay.

Published in YOUR STORY

Prizren. Second largest city of Kosovo. The only trilingual city in the Balkans, with Albanian, Turkish and Serbian/Bosnian spoken. Capital of the medieval Serbian Empire in the 14th Century. Preserved its Ottoman character better than any other city in the Balkans. Natalya Grebenyuk is a Moscow-based photographer. She is a fan of motor-rallies and daunting car journeys. Natalya crossed the Balkans from East to West at the height of the winter 2010: from Kosovo via Montenegro to Albania and Bosnia.

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© Natalya Grebenyuk

© Velislav Radev

Published in Photo Gallery Balkans