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Rich in history and tradition, Kruja is home of the patriots and the epicenter of Albania’s independence from the Ottoman Empire. It was here that Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg, Albania’s greatest national hero, defended the country from the invasion of the Ottomans. The National Museum dedicated to the hero is housed in the famous Kruja Castle and shows both the legendary hero’s history and the traditional way of life of the city’s population. The city’s famous bazaar serves as a bridge between this glorious past and the present, offering a rich array of traditional products made from local artisans. Home to one of the spiritual centers of the country, that of Sarisalltik, Kruja is a crucial destination for every local and visitor!
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 [...]
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 [...]
Known as home of the national hero Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg, Kruja is one of the most visited tourist destinations of the country. The hero’s castle, along with the museum located within it, is one of the most valued monuments and architectural complexes in the country. The ethnographic museum and the functional traditional bazaar, as well, [...]
It is safe to say that Kruja is Albania’s most sacred town as it has played the most important role in Albania’s long struggle for independence. As it befits Albania’s patriotic haven, Kruja has also been the commerce center of various craftworks for centuries. Here, trading flourished around the 19th-20th century, at which point the [...]