National Library of Kosovo Prishtina

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National Library of Kosovo – Lovely ugly building

This is the most notable building in the city, you cannot miss it. Considered by some one of the ugliest buildings in the world, this piece of architecture was designed by the Croatian Andrija Mutnjaković. The library has got 99 domes, which give excellent natural light to the inside of the building.

The building is thought to represent the traditional Albanian hat called Plis, but according to the National Library of Kosovo the library portraits a Byzantine architecture style. The astonishing exterior is of course complimented by an equally eerie interior. Surprisingly enough, the building has got a calm and relaxed atmosphere, which is quite comforting. Slightly chilly in the winter, but in the summer it’s the perfect place to get away from the heat. 

You either hate or love this library. One thing is for sure though: the building draws in the attention. I personally think the library is so hideous it kind of loops back to being cool. The library is located very close to the centre, surrounded by green space and the abandoned Orthodox church. Two very controversial styles of architecture blending in, in one of the very few parks in the city. It is definitely worth spending a few hours here.

Make sure you go inside the library too: it is equally stunning from the inside as it is from the outside.

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Pjeter Bogdan, Prishtina

Opening Times

Mon - Fri 07:00 - 20:00, Sat 07:00 - 14:00




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)