Velika Hoča

Velika Hoča (Serbian Cyrillic: Велика Хоча, Albanian: Hoçë e Madhe) is a village in the municipality of Rahovec, in Kosovo.[a] It is one of the Serb enclaves in Kosovo, and houses some 13 Orthodox church buildings, most of which date to the Serbian Middle Ages.

Velika Hoča

Velika Hoča
Hoçë e Madhe
St Jovan Monastery (overview)
St Jovan Monastery (overview)
Velika Hoča is located in Kosovo
Velika Hoča
Velika Hoča
Location in Kosovo
Coordinates: Coordinates: 42°23′03″N 20°40′36″E / 42.3842°N 20.6767°E / 42.3842; 20.6767
Location Kosovo[a]
 • Total124
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Velika Hoča is situated in the historical region of Dukagjin is one of the oldest settlements. It was given as metochion by Stefan Nemanja to Hilandar in 1198–99 (Charter of Hilandar).[2]

In the Middle Ages, Velika Hoča was a strong economical and spiritual centre with 24 churches and three monasteries. 8 monasteries and five ruins have been preserved from that period. The Dečani wine is made from vineyards in Velika Hoča since at least the reign of Emperor Stefan Dušan (r. 1331-1355).[citation needed]



The main economic activity of Velika Hoča is viniculture.


Velika Hoča is a significant cultural centre of Serbs in Kosovo. The village is noted for its 13 churches, some dating from the 12th century and reign of Serbian Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja, others from the 14th to 16th centuries. There are also several tower houses, one that belonged to Lazar Kujundžić.

List of churches


  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. 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 is currently (this note self-updates) recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. ^ 2011 Kosovo Census results
  2. ^ Branislav Krstić (2002). Spasavanje kulturne baštine Srbije i Evrope na Kosovu i Metohiji. Koordinacioni centar Savezne vlade i Vlade Republike Srbije za Kosovo i Metohiju. ISBN 9788675560166. Велика Хоча је једно од најстаријих насеља у Метохији. Помиње се у даровном писму које је Стефан Немања (1198-1199) дао манастиру Хиландару.

Further readingEdit

  • Zarković Božidar V. (2013). "Velika Hoča i začeci crkvenog poseda u Metohiji". Zbornik radova Filozofskog fakulteta u Prištini. 43 (2): 131–48.

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