Lab (river)

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Lab (Llap, Лаб)
The Lab in Podujevo
Origin Kopaonik mountain, Kosovo[a]
Mouth Sitnica river, south of Vučitrn, Kosovo
Length 72 km
Basin area 950 km²

The Lab (Albanian: Llap, Serbian: Лаб/Lab) is a river in the north-eastern part of Kosovo.[a] The 72 km (45 mi) long right tributary to the Sitnica river, it is the main river in the Malo Kosovo depression. Near its origin are remains of medieval palace of Serbian king Milutin (1282-1321) called Vrhlab (Serbian: Врхлаб, which means origin of the Lab).

Gornji Lab[edit]

The Lab originates from the Kopaonik mountain, between the Pilatovica and Bela Stena peaks, on the border of Kosovo and Serbia. The river flows southward, through the region of Gornji Lab (Upper Lab), next to the villages of Marince, Bela Stena, Murgula, Brece and Metohija, receives several smaller streams from the Kopaonik and after it passes the village of Donja Pakaštica, the Lab enters the Malo Kosovo field.

Malo Kosovo[edit]

Malo Kosovo is located between the mountains of Kopaonik (north) and Prugovac (south) and, unlike the Gornji Lab, it is densely populated. After the villages of Dobri Do, Bajčina, Perane and Letance, the Lab reaches the town of Podujevo. At this point, the river bends gently to the southwest and its valley becomes the route for the regional road and railway Niš-Pristina. After the larger village of Glavnik, the Lab receives from the left the Batlava river at the Lužane village and spa, and from the right its major tributary, the Kačandolska reka at the village of Donje Ljupče.

Veliko Kosovo[edit]

At the Vrani Do and Besinje villages, the Lab slowly turns west, passes next to the villages of Raškovo, Miloševo, Prilužje and Reka, where it empties into the Sitnica.

The Lab drains an area of 950 km2 (367 sq mi), belongs to the Black Sea drainage basin and it is not navigable.

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.


  • Mala Prosvetina Enciklopedija, Third edition (1985); Prosveta; ISBN 86-07-00001-2
  • Jovan Đ. Marković (1990): Enciklopedijski geografski leksikon Jugoslavije; Svjetlost-Sarajevo; ISBN 86-01-02651-6

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Coordinates: 42°45′19″N 21°01′02″E / 42.7553°N 21.0172°E / 42.7553; 21.0172