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A Trip to Kruja, Albania


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I enjoyed this day trip immensely. I saw so much of Albania's glorious history before the 20th century.
Skanderberg is a National Hero in Albania, who lived in the mid 1400s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skanderbeg

Kruja is an ancient city where his castle and fort were located. As late as the 1990s, only rubble was on this spot. It is now a spectacular museum.
This is a good example of the accomplishments of this country in the last two decades.
http://www.albanian.com/main/countries/albania/kruja/index.html

Statue of National Hero Skanderbeg

Statue of National Hero Skanderbeg


Footprint and partial wall of 15th c Skanderbeg Castle

Footprint and partial wall of 15th c Skanderbeg Castle

Next to the rebuilt castle is an 18th century ethnographic museum of a typical wealthy Muslim household. This is beautifully created.
18th C Muslim home in Kuja

18th C Muslim home in Kuja


Garden at the ethnographic museum

Garden at the ethnographic museum


The home had a room only for the women of the household.
Women's room in Muslim ethnographic museum

Women's room in Muslim ethnographic museum


And, of course, a room where the men met to smoke, eat, and discuss important matters.
Men's Room in Muslim ethnographic museum

Men's Room in Muslim ethnographic museum


Accessible only by a narrow stairway between the Men's room and the kitchen was a concealed balcony. Small holes were in the wall so women could place serving platters on the shelf and also peek at the men. Notice the oval hole in the blue painted area above the shelf.
Women's serving and peeking place into the Men's Room

Women's serving and peeking place into the Men's Room


Sauna in 18th C Muslim home

Sauna in 18th C Muslim home

A bazaar that has been selling goods for centuries is also in Kruja.
Bazaar shop in Kruja

Bazaar shop in Kruja


Shoppers at the Kruja bazaar

Shoppers at the Kruja bazaar

A feast of Albanian grilled lamb and potatoes

A feast of Albanian grilled lamb and potatoes


All that touring made us hungry.

Left to Right - Jane from Chicago, Diana our Albanian Friendship Force tour leader, Itonka President of the Albania Friendship Force chaptr.

Posted by pscotterly 13:55 Archived in Albania

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