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Unfinished: The Religious Architectural Schism of Prishtina.

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The Religious architecture of Prishtina reveals much about it's political, of the people,  priorities. Walking down George Bush Street, past the gleaming, part unfinished, Catholic Cathedral, past the incomplete shell of the Orthodox Cathedral (started in 1995), echoes of the Great Schism; the split between Orthodox east and Catholic west of 1054 resonate. Could it be that this religious rift has somehow dramatically re-surfaced in the centre of Europe's youngest capital city? 

The short answer is, intended or unintended, it's a consequence of global geopolitics. 

Fast forward to recent times and one can say that while Serbs v Albanians fought on the ground during the late 90's, Eastern and Western interests jostled for geopolitical position on the grand chess board above - the West quite literally from the air. NATO's military objective: "Serbs out, NATO in, Albanian refugees back," was achieved. Serbian enclaves were left behind in Kosovo, but not in Pris…