Gora (Гора) is a geographical region in southern Kosovo, mostly inhabited by the Gorani people. Between 1992 and 1999, Gora was a municipality, and its population was 17,574 people according to 1991 census. Today, the region is part of the municipality of Dragaš.
The name "Gora" is a Slavic
word for "Mountain" or "Forest".
Gora is mentioned for the first time in 1348 in the edicts of Emperor Stefan Dushan as a Zhupa
of the Serbian Empire
, composed out of seven villages that Dushan gifted to his Monastery of Saint Archangel near Prizren
. Its second mention is in 1452/5 in the Turkish cadestral tax censuses as the "Nachy of Gora
" within the Ottoman Empire
, forming part of the Ottoman province of Macedonia
According to 1991 census data, the population of the Gora municipality was composed of: