Deçan or Deçani  (Albanian)
Дечани/Dečani or
Дечане/Dečane  (Serbian)
Visoki Dečani Monastery
Visoki Dečani Monastery
Official logo of Deçan
Deçan is located in Kosovo
Coordinates: 42°32′N 20°17′E / 42.533°N 20.283°E / 42.533; 20.283Coordinates: 42°32′N 20°17′E / 42.533°N 20.283°E / 42.533; 20.283
DistrictDistrict of Gjakova
MunicipalitiesDeçan Municipality
 • MayorBashkim Ramosaj
 • Municipal297 km2 (115 sq mi)
550 m (1,800 ft)
 • Urban
 • Municipal
 • Municipal density130/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+383
Car plates03

Deçan (Albanian: Deçani), or Dečani or Dečane (Serbian Cyrillic: Дечани, pronounced [dɛ̌t͡ʃani] or Дечане), is a town located in Deçan Municipality in the Gjakova District of Kosovo[a]. According to the 2011 census, the town of Deçan has 3,803 inhabitants, while the municipality has 40,019 inhabitants. Based on the population estimates from the Kosovo Agency of Statistics in 2016, the municipality has 41,641 inhabitants.

It is a mountainous area which borders Montenegro and Albania. There is a total of 36 villages within the municipality. The municipality covers an area of 371 km2.

During the 1998–1999 war, Deçan was one of the strongholds of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and subsequently suffered a large amount of infrastructure destruction by the Serbian police and paramilitary forces. Much reconstruction has taken place with the assistance of the international agencies and support from the Kosovo Albanian diaspora.[citation needed] It is widely known amongst the Serbian population for the Visoki Dečani monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church.


Deçan lies in the Prokletije mountain region. It is surrounded by the Beleg Mountain.



  1. ^ a b c 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 is currently recognized as an independent state by 97 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


External links

  • BBC World radio documentary – heritage: the balkans