Mušutište (Serbian Cyrillic: Мушутиште, Albanian: Mushtishtë) is a village in the Suva Reka municipality in Kosovo. It is located to the west of the Nerodimka mountain. It has 10 medieval Serbian Orthodox churches, including the notable Church of Virgin Hodegetria, which was destroyed in 1999.

Church of Virgin Hodegetria before destruction
Church of Virgin Hodegetria before destruction
Mushtisht is located in Kosovo
Location in Kosovo
Coordinates: Coordinates: 42°17′55″N 20°53′20″E / 42.29861°N 20.88889°E / 42.29861; 20.88889
Location Kosovo[a]
 • Total3,394
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

It has an Albanian majority, and Serbian minority; according to the 1991 census, it had 5016 inhabitants.


It was first mentioned in a Serbian charter dating to 1315. In a charter of Emperor Stephen Uroš IV Dušan, dating to 1348, Mušutište, along with the churches of Virgin Hodegetria and St. Symeon (Sv. Simeona), were granted (metochion) to the Saint Archangels Monastery in Prizren.

The mass abduction in Mušutište was a war crime against the Serb civilian population in Mušutište.[2] The abduction occurred on 12 June 1999, when Albanian soldiers attacked Mušutište and kidnapped 18 Serb civilians.[2] According to Human Rights Watch, among the victims were twelve men, five women and one five-year-old girl.[3]

Demographic history
Ethnic group 1948 1953 1961 1971 1981[4] 1991
Albanians 2980
Serbs 1173
Others 2
Total[5] 2346 2541 2816 3307 4155 5016


  1. ^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 100 UN member states (with another 13 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 93 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.


  1. ^ 2011 Kosovo Census results
  2. ^ a b "Српско село Мушутиште на КиМ: Старци бачени у бунаре, манастир порушен" [Serb village Mušutište, in Kosovo: elders were thrown into wells, monastery demolished]. (in Serbian). 1 June 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Kosovo (1998–2000)". (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  4. ^ 1981 Census, Kosovo
  5. ^ Kosovo censuses 1948-1991