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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!
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 [...]
A complete understanding of Albanian history entails a certain amount of familiarity with the name Skanderbeg and this national hero’s deeds. Indeed, it is quite impossible to miss the countless monuments and objects either belonging to the period during which Skanderbeg lived and defended Albania, the mid-15th century, or commemorating his heroic actions. The best [...]
The old bazaar gathers both local residents, doing their daily shopping, and numerous tourists exploring the city. As the first market built in Korçë, at the end of the 19th century, it is of great historical and monumental value. The complex preserves old buildings and parts of the city made of stone, making the visit [...]