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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 gallery of one of the most historically artistic cities in Albania is a rich yet intimate introduction to the art and culture of the entire country. Founded in 1973, the Gallery of Shkodra...
IntoAlbania visits the studio of one of the most talented contemporary sculptors in the country. Albania has a disproportionate number of talented sculptors for its relatively small size. Though always present, the art of sculpture reached new heights during the socialist realism movement in Albania. Since then, this tradition has not only been preserved but [...]
One of Kruja’s famous talented craftswomen, Lindita works devotedly to preserve the valuable tradition of embroidery in her wonderful shop in the city’s bazaar. The art of embroidery is an integral characteristic aspect of Albanian culture and heritage. Fortunately, the preservation of this tradition remains a principal aim even in the frenetic pace of [...]
The door opens and we instantly find ourselves in a dream, populated by a multitude of sculptures of different shapes and colors, all realized by the famed sculptor from the coastal city of Durrës, Qazim Kërtusha. Located in the heart of Durrës, behind the central bus station, this studio has it all: yesterday’s nudes, tomorrow’s [...]
Kruja is the center of some of the country’s most skilled and passionate handmade clothing masters, like Ndriçim Guni, who is devoted to the preservation of Albanian tradition in his workshop in the Kruja Bazaar. The Kruja Bazaar is one of the most famous bazaars in Albania, where the art, culture and history of the [...]
The cultivation and preservation of artisanal crafts, especially that of rug-making, is a highly valued tradition in Albania’s northern city of Kukës, one that the women of the area have been historically passing on from one generation to the next. Making rugs. Photo by IntoAlbania. The important tradition of making rugs, in Kukës, is characterized [...]
The popular yet low-key Jonida Brahollari, aka DJ Amer Doux, knows how to cool down as much as how to get the party started. Below read the “bittersweet” DJ’s suggestions on where to eat quick and delicious Asian food, drink the best cocktails, relax in the outdoors, and best enjoy your time in the capital [...]
A familiar voice for radio listeners, Julka Gramo is both a successful career woman and a devoted wife and mother of two boys. Here, she shares the places that make her life in Tirana particularly pleasurable. Café My morning coffee prepared by my husband. I apologize to the readers for not being able to share [...]
The international month of love offers a beautiful bouquet of events and activities that make it as sweet and interesting as can be. 2020 is a leap year so make sure to enjoy that extra day this year! Metrosounds Music Fest returns with its second edition, focused on Mediterranean identity and belonging. The festival’s opening [...]
The sheer variety and quality of museums in some Albanian cities are some of the reason that made the ones below popular touristic destinations for 2019. While a major part of Albania’s appeal rests on its spectacular landscape, many are the visitors to the country who devote a considerable time and attention to its museums. [...]