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The Prizren Bistrica or Prizren Lumbardhi (Serbian: Призренска Бистрица / Prizrenska Bistrica, Albanian: Bistrica e Prizrenit or Lumbardhi i Prizrenit)[1] is a river in Kosovo.[a] It flows through the villages of Sredska and Prizren, and empties into the White Drin river. It is 18 km (11 mi) long, and has a drainage basin of 158 km2 (61 sq mi).

Prizren Bistrica
Prizreni gjate dimrit.jpg
Bistrica in Prizren during winter
Native nameSerbian: Призренска Бистрица / Prizrenska Bistrica
Albanian: Bistrica e Prizrenit
CountrySerbia, Montenegro, Kosovo
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationMokra mountain, near the Serbian-Montenegrin border, Kosovo[a]
 ⁃ location
White Drin, south of Klina, Kosovo
 ⁃ coordinates
42°12′23″N 20°37′49″E / 42.2064°N 20.6303°E / 42.2064; 20.6303Coordinates: 42°12′23″N 20°37′49″E / 42.2064°N 20.6303°E / 42.2064; 20.6303
Length18 km (11 mi)
Basin size158 km2 (61 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionWhite DrinDrinAdriatic Sea

The name Bistrica means "clearwater" in Serbian. The adjective Prizrenska, "of Prizren", is added to distinguish it from other Bistrica rivers in the Metohija region: Dečanska Bistrica ("of Dečani"), Pećka Bistrica ("of Peć"), Kožnjarska Bistrica ("of Kožnjar"), Loćanska Bistrica ("of Loćan"), etc.

Notes and referencesEdit


  1. ^ a b Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 10 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.


  1. ^ "Bistrica (Kosovo)". MEMIM Encyclopedia. Retrieved 29 April 2016.