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A requisite stop in Korça is the Museum of the First Albanian School. Located across “Unknown Soldier,” its yard is decorated by the ABC obelisk, the museum’s symbol. Opened in March 7th, 1887, this...
The excellent ethnographic museum of the famed town of Berat reveals wonderful details about the lifestyle and daily traditions of its residents. The National Ethnographic Museum of Berat, situated within a striking, typical 18th...
The distinctive yet all-encompassing architecture of Albania is one of the biggest draws to the country. Many of the world’s ancient civilizations have passed through Albania, each leaving their particular trace on the country’s architectural legacy which includes Illyrian, Greek, Roman (Butrint), Byzantine, Ottoman (Gjirokastra and Berat), Austro-Hungarian, Venetian (Shkodra), Italian, and finally communist, post-communist, [...]
Due to its 2000-year-old multi-cultural history, Albania is unique in the religious tolerance it has traditionally provided, with spiritual places coming from different religions. Though perhaps no other country in the world has seen such peaceful co-existence of so many of the world’s religions, the process has not been without its obstacles. The Roman and [...]
From antiquity to modern times, the story of the Albanian population is one wrought with hardships and obstacles, invasions and occupations, patriotism and mass migrations. While Albanian people have had to draw courage from legends, epic songs, and fairy tales they have also had to learn to experience joy and extract pleasure from life, as [...]
The historical masterpieces in Albania are as enveloped in beauty as they are heavy in historical and cultural context. Excavated from the ruins of ancient cities and carefully preserved throughout the centuries, these treasured objects, sculptures, and paintings are scattered throughout the country’s countless museums and galleries. Albanian art shows a historical, deeply-rooted fascination and [...]
Throughout history up until this day, Albania’s small population has produced some notable names, a list of astounding, courageous, and talented individuals. Here, it is only fair to mention the one name that continues to engender great pride in the country, the world-class humanitarian, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, ordained saint Mother Theresa. Second [...]
Many tourists visit Albania for its now world-famous gorgeous coastline, its exquisite Mediterranean-meets-Middle East yet uniquely Albanian food, for its medieval castles and ancient cities, and for many more beautiful reasons. In reality, no visitor leaves the country without falling in love with the peculiarities and oddities of Albanian urban space. Hyper modern constructions juxtaposed [...]
In Albania, drinking coffee is a rite of passage. Here, you can be sure there’s a café around every corner of every city, town and village. The capital serves any coffee from traditional Turkish-style to delicious Italian espresso and everything in between. While in Tirana, do not skimp on the affogato, a delicious espresso and [...]
The mask exhibit at the Venice Art Mask Factory contains the most diverse and exquisite collection of Venetian masks. The display of styles and colors is enough to immediately transport you to the atmosphere of the Venice Carnevale! But, here we are in Shkodër, where the passion, creative genius and business acumen of Edmond Angoni [...]
Instagram’s popularity among travelers has made it one of the general public’s most trusted sources of the world’s best touristic destinations. It is these destinations’ beauty and pure ability to make the individual have the experience of a lifetime that makes them “instagrammable”. As a result, during the summer, all one needs to do is [...]