TIRANA-KRUJA


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Krujë is a tourist attraction alongside a panoramic mountainside location. Inhabited by the Illyrian tribe of the Albani, in 1190 Krujë became the capital of the first autonomous Albanian state in the middle ages, the Principality of Arbër. Later it was the capital of the Kingdom of Albania, while in the early 15th century Krujë was conquered by the Ottoman Empire, but then recaptured in 1443 by Skanderbeg, leader of the League of Lezhë, who successfully defended it against three Ottoman sieges until his death in 1468. Some of the main points of interest include the restored Castle and Citadel, the Skanderbeg Museum located within the restored castle compound, and the old restored bazaar. The castle is nestled on top of a breathtaking mountain in Krujë, and provides the visitors with a great view of the landscape, and a rich collection of historical and cultural objects. The citadel includes a restored house from the Ottoman epoch that serves as the Ethnographic Museum. The street winding up to the castle is fashioned in the style of a Turkish bazaar and offers a wonderful selection of authentic antiques and souvenirs. We will also visit the Dollma Teke that belongs to the Bektashi Order. A fascinating order, the Bektashi emerged as a ‘heretical’ Sufi sect that became associated with the imperialist ideals of the Ottoman Empire (in a similar way that Christianity did with Roman Imperialism). A celibate, ant hierarchical and ant dogmatic order, the Bektashi’s played an important military role throughout Ottoman history, as well as being at the forefront of the struggle for Albanian Independence. Early morning pick up.
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