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The Dibra Museum, located in the heart of the city of Peshkopia, with its comprehensive historic, ethnographic and archaeological pavilions, is a great opportunity to become familiar with the history of this intriguing part of the country.
Because of its northernmost location, the Dibra region is one of the most overlooked of Albania even though its contributions to the country are many and its culture infinitely rich. For those of you who are traveling to Peshkopia, make sure to stop by at the Dibra Museum, located along the main boulevard of the city. Thanks to its 2000 objects and three separate pavilions, the museum will take about an hour and a half of your time but the result will be infinitely valuable!
Here is where you will find the interesting archaeological discoveries in the Dibra region, starting from the early Neolithic period. One of the most valued objects exposed in this pavilion is the pithos (from the 2nd-3rd century B.C.), an ancient storage container from the Grazhdani area. Other objects include those made of stone, ancient ceramics, historic axes and helmets, and more. A nice collection for the archaeology enthusiast!
Because Dibra is renowned for many important historical figures in the country’s history, culture and society, a portion of the museum is dedicated to these names and their works. One of these names, for instance, is none other than the Albanian National Hero, Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg who was born precisely in Sinë of Dibra and who, of course, has a space dedicated to him. Also, this pavilion includes other relevant but, perhaps, less internationally known names like Iliaz Pashë Dibra, the chairman of the League of Prizren, the vice chairman of the Provisional Government of Albania, Dom Nikollë Kaçorri, Elez Isuf Ndreu and many others.
This pavilion introduces the visitor to one of Dibra’s greatest contributions to Albania: its local culture. Here you can learn all about Dibra’s local traditions throughout the centuries, by browsing over farming objects, kitchen tools and, most importantly, Dibra’s famous guestroom, the most historically hospitable in the country. Men and women’s traditional folk attire is another segment worth observing as they reveal many intricate and beautiful works. The fireplace, complete with saber ornaments, is one of the most beautiful of the museum.
Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that the Dibra Museum is a lovely art gallery in its own right. The walls of the entire museum showcase paintings from the most renowned painters from the region of Dibra. As such, the journey throughout this space is not only educational but quite aesthetically-pleasing!