The “Monument to the Mining Heroes” was commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place. It  was designed by Bogdan Bogdanovic, in 1973, conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. Tito couldn’t erect figures or busts in honour of generals because he didn’t want to be seen to be favouring any ethnic group.

In the 1980s, this monuments attracted thousand of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their “patriotic education.” After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, and especially after the war in Kosovo 1999, this monument has lost its symbolic meaning.

The area was know as Miners’ Hill and until 1999 it was populated with a majority of Albanians. Today there are still living a small number or Albanian families with their Serbian neighbours, but they are still facing difficulties to travel to the south side, so they have to use a special buss, known as pink buss which has a rare schedule. This neighbourhood can be very interesting for students who are interested on diversity,human rights, politics and social issues. Angelina Jolie previously represented UNHCR as a Goodwill Ambassador conducted a field visit in this neighbourhood.

From this hill, you might have a colourful view of the south side of the city and also you might visit the Orthodox church which was build during 2004.

Miners’ Monument was used as symbol of Mitrovica, on each postcard and still is the most visible monument in the city. Belgian Kempeners (Jan Kempenaers), who is studying at the School of Arts of Ghent has called this monument and similar ones, as futuristic monuments into his project called Spomenik.