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This is only the second shot from the Patriarchate of Pec on Trekearth. Shown here is the belltower and some old Byzantine ruins.

It is located in Ruguva Canyon a few km west of Pec Town, where the road in north west Kosovo heads out of Kosovo & into Montenegro. The divisions of the 1990's civil war in Yugoslavia still run deep, and there have been several attempts by Albanians to burn down this church, located in an area that has historically always been Serbian. Consequently there is now a walled military post topped with barbed wire right next door and you need to approach the caretaker for a key to let the nuns admit you to the grounds of the church. Incidentally this is the first upload of this Unesco listed world heritage church to Trek earth. It's known as the Patriarchate of Pec. More information here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pe%C4%87

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriarchate_of_Pe%C4%87_(monastery)

The Ottomans invaded Kosovo in the late 14th century. Here is a map showing Kosovo before the invasion:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vuk_Brankovi%C4%87#/media/File:Realm_of_Brankovic_Vuk_XIV_c.png

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