The Castle of Tirana

Kalaja e Tiranës, Tirana, Albania
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The Castle of Tirana is a new promenade that has returned to the capital by offering services of different types.

The castle is owned by the family Toptani, one of the largest families in Albania and the Balkan area, originating from the city of Kruja, which moved to Tirana in the seventeenth century.

Here, citizens and tourists find everything they need to spend their free time with friends and family. The castle gives every visitor the opportunity:

  1. Drink quality coffee and various cocktails;
  2. Find traditional food, truffle dishes, fast foods, organic fruit juices, various cakes, candy, including traditional Albanian jelly candy, to the well-cooked seafood products from experienced kitchen chiefs;
  3. Enjoy Albanian and foreign wine;
  4. Get quality products for yourself and gifts as porcelain items designed as you wish, handicrafts, traditional items, jewelry and silver accessories;
  5. Be part of the cultural and artistic events organized by the Castle of Tirana for days and nights to be as pleasant as possible for all visitors and customers.

The Castle of Tirana is open from Monday to Sunday from 07:00 until the early morning hours for bars and restaurants, and for shops from 09:00 to 22:00.

Adress: Castle of Tirana, Tirana, Albaina



07:00 - 22:00

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Kastrioti’s Museum

Sinë, Peshkopi, Diber, Albania

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“Kastrioti Museum”, in Sina village of Dibra, is located only 20 kilometers from the town of Peshkopi. In 1985 this area was defined by historians as the center of the Kastrioti Principality and the birthplace of the Albanian national hero Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg. For this purpose in the village of Sinë e Poshtme was built this year the museum.
The existence of “Skanderbeg Cape”, “Guri i Gjin”, and finding a stone inscription, during excavations for plita, led to the construction of the museum, which has consisted of a series of objects of collected fighters over the years.
During the 1990s this museum was plundered and it seems that this is not over yet. In May 2011, it was possible to reconstruct the museum after it was announced that it would arrive from Italy Giorgo Marino Scanderbeg, and fortunately the works were closed the previous day.
Already the “Kastrioti Museum” is out of order and almost empty inside.
Along with the devastating road, which greatly impedes the arrival of visitors, it is regrettable that the “loss” of objects is also noted.
One resident of the area says: “The municipality should give 50 thousand lek (old) for the person who will maintain and play the role of the gangster, but they do not give me any money, they left me as a duty” .
So is the fate of our monuments written, a disgusting fate among robberies and robberies.

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Universiteti i Gjirokastrës “Eqrem Çabej”

Rruga Studenti 30, Gjirokastër

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“Eqrem Çabej” University of Gjirokastra was established with the decision of the Council of Ministers no. 414, dated 12 November 1991, on the basis of the Higher Pedagogical Institute, which was opened in 1971 (see annex 1). It is the most important educational, scientific and cultural institution of the Southern Region of Albania.

Higher education in Gjirokastra, until the establishment of the University has had a considerable tradition and experience. In 1968 the branch of the Faculty of Economics (without disengagement) of the University of Tirana opened, which continued for 11 years.

A year later (1969) opens the branch of Agronomy as a subsidiary of the High Agricultural Institute, which lasted 10 years. Also in this year was opened the 2-year Pedagogical Institute without disengagement for the preparation of teachers for specialties such as Literature, History – Geography, Biology – Chemistry, Mathematics – Physics. Also, it opened and worked for 5 years, the branch of the Institute of Physical Culture “Vojo Kushi”.

On the basis of this experience in 1971 with the Decision of the Council of Ministers, the Institute of Higher Education with 3 years of dissociation from its work started with the branches of History-Geography and Mathematics-Physics.

In 1980 the branch of Biology-Chemistry opened.

In 1981, the 3-year High Pedagogical Institute, by the Council of Ministers’ Decision, is transformed into a 4-year High Pedagogical Institute. This year is opened the branch of the preparation of the teachers of the Lower Cycle and with the Decision of the Council of Ministers Nr. 255, dated 24.07.1986, opened the branch of Albanian Language and Literature.

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Mulliri i Bënçës

Tepelene Albania

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Maize grains fall into the millstone of a 270-year-old mill in the Valley of Bënca, in Tepelenë …

The water mill was built by Ali Pasha Tepelena to help the residents. Even during the communist regime the mill was used by the former co-operatives. Lefter Bee tells Voice of America that he bought the mill in bad shape. when cooperatives broke down.

He restored it and continues to hold on with great sacrifice. The mills that are still preserved in Albania are few. They date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and best demonstrate the relationship between people and the natural environment and the unique way of using resources.

The positioning of the mills depended only on the force of the water currents: the mills are built where the electricity is not very strong, providing a stable energy source for the strengthening of the mill wheels. The way in which buildings are located testify not only in Albania but also in the Balkans that construction craftsmanship integrated the water mills with their natural environments in the simplest way without imposing on the environment and without subjecting it.

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Kampi i internimit në Tepelenë

Rruga Ali Pashe Tepelena, Tepelenë

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Evasive evidence comes even after many decades of closing the Tepelena internment camp, people point to the time of isolation of Albanians, for ex-persecuted, surrounded by barricade internment camps.

They speak, have mercy, painfully recall the times of a “despotic” regime, which as revenge was the denial of citizen’s freedom, the violation of rights and often spared no life.


But what has remained of the Tepelena internment camp, how it started and how it is drawn today into civic memory.

The stories come to fruition, set on a dramatic background, as the Tepelena Camp was conceived in a mined area with shells left over from the Greek-Greek War, where witnessed the Vjosa River and the most self-sacrificing elephants.

The internment camps rank in dictatorships as death camps by the way they function as centers of suffering and isolation, forced labor, malnutrition and torture for the majority of interned.

One of the most notorious camps of the communist regime in Albania was that of Tepelena, even a real “hell” where thousands of people suffered, women, men and children, and brighter figures of time, such as Cardinal Mikel Koliqi, Dr. Ali Erebara, Dr. Mykerem Janina, Professor Ali Cungu, Professor Gulmy Deda, Writer Mithat Araniti, Academician Pader Lazi, Former Minister of Education, Zef Shiroka (brother of Dr. Shiroka) and other intellectuals who wandered daily between life and death.

The Tepelena internment camp was located at the edge of the Vjosa River in the entrance to Tepelena, on the west side, at the foot of the huge hill overlooking the barracks of the camp, where Bënça Prison was still located and seven miles beyond another notorious camp internment, that of Turan.

In Tepelena camp there were exiles from all over Albania, but predominantly exiled from north and middle Albania. The arrivals were family with women and children and concentrated in groups in a barracks where the number of interneds amounted to 300-600. The barracks were placed one after another bringing the number of up to 2300 total exiles across the camp.

Currently, Tepelena camp has remained silos, torture chambers, iron gate that was guarded by communist-era police officers and evidence of dozens of tombs that have been lost, mostly tombstones and the number reaches up to 115 graves, but there is no figure correct, because the number of dead is some bigger and more suspicious, as it is referred to as two graves that have more than 600 graves.

The guardian of suffering
Neim Pasha condemned by the communist regime with 21 years of imprisonment, where he spent 15 years in the notorious Spaç prison, shows that “when I was released from prison we were brought to Tepelena, stayed in a barracks until I was sheltered in this palace at the entrance to camp of Tepelena “.

Arrived from jail and placed at the entrance to the infamous Tepelena camp, he stands as a “watchdog” of suffering.

Neym says the Tepelena camp was cruel, and was overwhelmed with people coming mainly from the north, opponents of the communist regime.

At that time there was still no law for the internees, but they dealt with tribes and genres, expelling them and entering the internment camps.

The camp was guarded by police, there were room for torture and internees, in addition to malnutrition, were forced to work by collecting wood.

Makabrit has been the motto, the despication of life, the marking of every freedom.
People show, suffering was the motive of the hangman ..!

A resident of the surrounding area who does not want to expose the name shows that “I was a soldier exactly when the camp was closed, but those who heard my ears at that time did not want to tell.”

Young women and girls were tortured, left without eating, forced to work for forced labor.

Torture was inhuman, depraved and beaten barbarous, and often they even … (sma).

One resident shows that: “In 1949, I saw a boy who was no more than 8 years old, who just drank water, died in the country, that thirst had tortured for a long time.

Tepelena records 140 executed, torture did not spare anyone.

According to the Ministry of Interior’s archive statistics, since 1945, which was the first year of internment, 260 people died in this camp, mostly children and the elderly.

The barracks of the camp were enormous, just like a horseshoe (inherited by the Italians) but following each other several hundred meters, as they had previously been the depot of the Italian army and could hold over 300-600 there were many families with small children who caught a little room.

In the camp of Tepelena according to the instructions, all those families labeled by the communist government as reactionaries, kulaks, bourgeois, deceased betrayers, foreign agents, etc. would gather together.

In other camps such as Berat, Kuçova, Tepelena, Turan, Porto-Palermo and then Lushnja, Shtyllas, Savër, Gradishtë, Grabja

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Vjosa (Greek: Αωος / Αoos) is a river that flows northwest of Greece to Epirus and flows to Albania on the Adriatic Sea. In Antiquity Vjosa was known as Anio. In the north of Greece sometimes the names Vojioussa and Vovoussa (Βωβούσα) are used.

The Vjosa River flows from the Pindu Mountains to the east of Ioannina, while the source is on Mount Mavrovouni. Its stream continues northwest to Albania. The river has a length of about 272 km, of which 80 km in the territory of Greece, and about 192 km within the territory of Albania. Vjosa lag area with an area of ​​6.706 km², 2.154 km² of which are within the borders of Greece, and 4552 km² within the borders of Albania. The average water flow at the estuary is about 204 m³ / s. In April, the yield is about ten times higher than in August.

The Vjosa upstream from Tepelena
The Vjosa River, whose flow traverses the south of Albania, is the natural separation boundary between the district of Fier (in the north) and the district of Vlora. It is a navigable river, as it flows mainly in flat areas.

The upper stream of the river in Greece often passes between forest areas with forests. Some of them are protected natural areas and belonging to the national park Vikos-Aoos, which stretches around the Timfi Mountains (2,497 m above sea level). There are still brown bears in this park, which is the second largest park in Greece. Vojodoat’s Stream (Greek: Βοϊδομάτης / Voidhomatis), a branch of Vjosa (Aoos) creates Vikos’s throat, a gorgeous gorge. Given the (0.82) depth (900 m) and the width (1100 m) coefficient, the Vikos-Aoos gorge is the deepest gorge in the world. (There are areas in the world that are deeper but wider and vice versa). This area is called Zagoria and is known not only as a mountaineering area but also for characteristic villages with stone houses. Not far from Konica, within the national park passes Vjosa (Aoos) in a narrow gorge. In Konica there is a historic bridge with stone arches, built on Vjosa. From here on, the river is also used for economic and agricultural purposes.

And just after Konica, the river crosses the Greek-Albanian border, this point where the stream Sarandapor (Greek: Σαραντάπορος / Sarantáporos), which comes from the east, flows. Sarandapori also serves as a Greek-Albanian border line for several kilometers. Somewhere there is also a crossing point for civilians.

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Memaliaj Albania

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Memaliaj began his life and activity in 1947-48, with geological tracing and research, which would one year later create a large site and then take the form of a busy and very neuralgic working town in life of the newly homeland of the Second World War. Very soon Memaliaj would evolve and walk with the fury of Vjosa, which jetted three sides of this city, with its clean and abundant water.

With the change of the totalitarian system, Memaliaj became one of the first supporters of democracy and precisely, those young, educated and cultured who supported with all the forces of democracy, some of whom we see in leadership positions who sincerely seek for the development of this city.Where is it better for the teachers to activate the leadership posts? Those who have the responsibility of educating the young generation of the traditional generation of a nation that should carry and carry all the Albanian cultural and national qualities, especially the southern province.

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Guri i Qytetit

Permet Albania

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Who goes for the first time says: City Stone.

Normal. Imagine a 42-meter-high cliff with a 650-square-foot square that has “opened” the foundation of Vjosa’s edge. When he saw Edith Duram said, “One of the most beautiful places in the world!” To be cut off the cliff from Mount Desert? Maybe. This is what geologists say. But legend says otherwise: god stone. It has come as a gift from heaven to give the name of the city. Who believes in legends, let’s read the story.

Middle Ages. The prince of the province of Prendi, who named the city, had built a fortress on the City’s Stone. Today the castle is flattened. The walls have remained, a testimony to the legend. It was the end of the 14th century. The army of Sultan Mehmeti conquered Janina. After Janina came to Permet. Take was dead. The mayor of the city was his grandson, Gjergji. There was a girl, a baby with a toddler. One night Turks arrived in the city. The kryezoti was out of it. In the castle was just a girl. The Turks sought the strongholds and the delivery of the girl. Diestra took the cradle with her son and jumped from the top of the rock. At the foot of the City Stone, there is a smooth stone where Diestra crashed. On the stone some notes: Baby’s hand or cradle lines. This is what the legend says.

Who has lived in Përmet, can say: City of Roses!
Normal. The Ba’evan of Permeti have been renowned throughout the Balkans. They have cultivated so many types of soy, that roses flourish every season. But the submeters also have a “secret”: They produce rose water. With this water, wash the bridegroom with the bride on the wedding day! No perfume can be compared to it! Pink water is also used as a “delicacy” in the glottes with so much fame that the hosts of the city! For the enthusiasts, the owner of the hotel “Alvero”, has a relic: Devices to produce rose water. It was bought in Istanbul two centuries ago!

Other thoughts have historians. According to them, Përmet is a symbol of the Frashëri family.

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Kongresi i Përmetit

Permet Albania

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The proceedings of the Congress began on May 24, 1944, Wednesday at 09:00

In total, 200 delegates were elected

The decision to convene this congress was taken on 15 April 1944 by the Presidency of the General Anti-fascist Council of NAAC


In the resolution of the Presidency of the General Council it was stated: “In the Congress represent the free zones, the areas occupied by the enemy, the brigades and the partisan and voluntary battalions, the Union of Anti-fascist Youth with 10 delegates and the Union of Women with 5 delegates”. In the liberated areas and army formations, delegates would be democratically elected by open casting from 3 to 5 people for each municipality. In the unregulated areas, they would be assigned by district or city councils.

The congressional delegates were elected by the meetings of municipal delegates or army units. In the Circular of the Presidency of the General Council it was stated that: “The municipal delegates, and especially the delegates to Congress, should be selected from the ranks of the most experienced militants and fighters who really represent the people.”

In this way, all the people, from the South to the North, from the field and the army, with parties and without parties, from the ranks of the clergy, the youth and the wife were represented in Congress. In total, 200 delegates were elected.

Why did they gather in Përmet?

Because the Permet province and the surrounding provinces had a favorable strategic position that could be better protected by partisan and popular forces.

Secondly, because the city of Përmet was liberated and thus it had to be shown to the internal and external opinion that the war of the Albanian people had passed from the partisan war phase into a regular war with great coordinated actions , had passed in the liberation phase of the cities. Thirdly, to honor the great leaders of the National Renaissance, who were born on the soil of Përmet, the great poet Naim Frashëri, the philosopher and prominent scholar Sami Frashër and the great revolutionary Abdul Frashëri.

The works

Congressional proceedings began on May 24, 1944, Wednesday at 09:00 in the presence of 200 delegates and a number of guests. Representatives of the British military mission were also invited, but they could not attend.

The congress opened with a short speech Dr. Omer Nishani, who among other things said: “What rights we have won with our struggle, and how will we build it in the new democratic and popular Albania, testifies to this Congress, will prove his conclusions. ”

Enver Hoxha’s report “Developing the People’s Liberation War of the People in connection with International Events”. He among other things said: “What we do today is one of the greatest events of the Albanian people. For the first time, the people send their representatives, who freely chosen them and trust them. ” While speaking of the great sacrifices that were made during the war, he said: “We have suffered great tribulations and suffering with which the sons of our people, wounded, without bread, naked, in snow and storm, but with morality always high, have shown unprecedented bravery, with which the generations of our people will boast for centuries. ”

1. To build the new democratic and popular Albania according to the will of the people, which today solemnly expresses in the General Anti-fascist Council NAÇL.

It is forbidden to return to Albania and not to recognize any government that could be formed inside or outside the country against the will of the people.

3. Continue rigorously against the German invaders and Albanian traitors until their complete destruction and the establishment of democratic-popular power throughout the country.

The General Council decided

The decision to revise and break down all the political and economic agreements that contradicted the interests of the people and the Albanian nation.

Decision on the conversion of the NAÇL Army into a regular army, with a united leadership and a general command.

Decision on giving ranks in the army. Decision on the passing of the Army in the general fight for the full liberation of Albanian lands. The Congress adopted the General Operation of the War Leadership, and the instructions of the General Staff of the NAÇL Army. These are the first laws of popular democratic power.

The General Council with 121 members representing the entire country and all social strata, participating in the war.

President, Baba Faja Martaneshi, Hasan Pulo and Koci Xoxe, Vice Presidents; Enver Hoxha, Spiro Moisiu, Ramadan Çitaku, Sejfulla Malëshova, Dr. Ymer Dishnica, Liri Gega, Islam Radovicka, Nako Spiru, Tuk Jakova, Mustafa Gjinishi, Haxhi Lleshi, Gogo Nushi, Siri Shapllo, Spiro Koleka, Ollga Plumbi and Gaqo Tashko, Member. The secretaries were elected: Koço Tashko and Sami Baholli. The Anti-fascist Committee was elected with the attributes of a provisional government, consisting of 11 members. Enver Hoxhes

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