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An astoundingly high number of religious monuments honoring disparate faiths are scattered around the beautiful northern city of Shkodra, testifying to the rare religious harmony of the region. Of Albania’s peculiar and tragic history,...
One of the grandest in the Balkans, the Cathedral of Shkodra has had an extraordinary story of survival. The Cathedral of St. Stephen, the patron saint of the city of Shkodra, is also...
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 [...]
Famous for its gorgeous summer destinations, Albania offers equally, if not more, wonderful reasons to be enjoyed in autumn! The sunny days continue well into November in Albania, giving you a chance to enjoy the journey as much as the destination! Indeed, with its mild climate, the conditions to experience a hike in the outdoors [...]
The seventh edition of Jazz Fest, organized by Hemingway Fan Club, happens on July 21 st through the 22 nd , on the occasion of the famed American author Ernest Hemingway’s birthday. Joining the celebration will be popular musical guests from the likes of Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra, Rumba de Bodas and Ghiaccioli e Branzini [...]
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 [...]