Kulla of H.H.Osmanaj
Istok, Kosovo
The kulla, which means tower in Albanian, is mainly seen in the western part of Kosovo. It is a distinctive traditional style of the Dukagjini plain that borders Montenegro, west of Kosovo. Kullas were mostly constructed between the end of the 18th century and the first decades of the 20th century, and inhabited by generations of families.

The kulla has either two or three floors and is mostly square in plan. They were usually utilized by the men of the family, while women and children lived in an attached annex having the same number of floors or less (Fig.1). Animals were kept in the ground floor and the upper floor was used by the men of the house and their guests. There are usually two entrances and staircases. One for the guests, from the main entrance, leading directly to the upper floor and the guest room without passing through the family private quarters. Another for the women, from the side entrance, leading to the middle floor if the kulla has three floors, or to the main floor in case of two floors.

There are some cracks in the wall and the roof needs repairs on this three-storey, stone and brick kulla, which was damaged during the conflict. It is currently inhabited.
Location
Trubu-hovc, Istok, Kosovo
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Events
1850
Variant Names
Kulla of H.H.Osmanaj
Building Usages
private residence
residential