Located next to the iconic National Library of Kosovo, the Church of Christ the Saviour is an abandoned Serbian-Orthodox church that must be visited. Its construction began sometime in 1995 and was halted by the on-going conflicts in Yugoslavia at the time.
The church is usually linked with Slobodan Milosevic’s regime and is not welcomed by a majority of the local Albanian community. Some have petitioned for its demolition, whilst some have suggested that the church should be transformed into a memorial for the massacred Albanian victims during the Kosovo war at the end of the millennium. University of Prishtina students have several times placed placards of very graphic photos showing Serbian forces abusing war victims in sign of protest.
Currently, there is an on-going legal battle between the Church of Serbia and the University of Prishtina about the church’s ownership. The future of this building sadly still remains uncertain.
Despite all the controversy, the church has made its own place and is definitely an integral part of the city. During the summer, the huge University of Prishtina campus/park where the church is located offers a very charming place to have a few beers in the open.