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Church of St. John the Baptist ruins
Coordinates: 42°49′24″N 21°02′51″E / 42.8233°N 21.0475°E / 42.8233; 21.0475Coordinates: 42°49′24″N 21°02′51″E / 42.8233°N 21.0475°E / 42.8233; 21.0475
Country Kosovo[a]
District District of Mitrovica

Samodreža (Serbian Cyrillic: Самодрежа) or Samadrexha (in Albanian), is a village in the Vučitrn municipality in Kosovo. It is inhabited by a majority of ethnic Albanians, of Muslim faith. The local Serbian Orthodox church, Church of St. John the Baptist has been used as a dumping ground and public toilet.[1] According to Serbian myth, the church was used as a praying place for Prince Lazar of Serbia and his knights before the Battle of Kosovo (1389).[2]


  1. ^ 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 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received recognition as an independent state from 110 out of 193 United Nations member states.


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  • Media related to Samodreža at Wikimedia Commons