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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Korab’s Mountain

Mali Korabit, Peshkopi, Dibër, Albania

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It is a country rich in rare natural beauty, with rocks, rocks and pastures, which is visited by numerous climbers associations that can climb up to the top of which is 2764 m high. On the Macedonian side you can travel to the villages of Reka traveling from Greater Dibër-R.Macedonia to some of these villages such as Nistrova, Bibaj, Zhuzhnja, Rimnica, Grekaj, Tanushaj, Nivisht and the rest of the Strazimir by organizing alpine climbs each year. Coral Spire extends over 40 kilometers in the north-south direction between the lower part of Drini i Zi and its contributor Radika. It is located around the border triangle of Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo, to the southwest of the Shari Mountains. Korab is a very rugged mountain massif and consists mainly of Paleozoic slopes and limestone with block structures as well as some heavily plastered rocks of Permian Triasic. On the west side, the mountain knocks on the rock walls. The northern side consists of rugged rocks. A type of double roof of Korabi I and II, which reaches the height of 2756 m, which is almost the same height, is about 150 meters northwest of Korab peak within Albanian territory. In the same ridge are the other two peaks reaching over 2700m, Radulova’s Shulani and Korabi III. The southeast, having a few rocky areas, share some meadows, which are accessed very simply, and occasionally by shepherds with their sheep’s flocks. Apart from the Korab peak, there are some more, almost at the same level of equal height. In the north of the twin peaks there are a number of other unnamed, with rocky towers of almost equal height. The peak lies about two kilometers southwest, (the tip of Korab / Korapska Mala Vrata) reaches 2727m. A few hundred meters south is another top of Morava’s top, which is 2718 meters. with just a few feet lower. the peaks are occasionally eroded by radial tectonics in the form of blocks at the end of the Radika Valley by the side of the Republic of Macedonia. These blocks occasionally have steep slopes reaching up to 500 m (1,640 ft). At its highest part, above 2000 m (6562 ft), the climate is alpine and includes some elements of alpine flora. Mali Korab is home to spectacular waterfalls in the upper valley of Përroi i Dejta (mk: Dlaboka reka). During spring time, waterfalls reach a height of over 130 meters, which makes it the highest in Macedonia. The state border interrupts the highest peak of Korabi big. The accession of the Republic of Macedonia includes the entry of the Macedonian-Albanian border area, for which a special permit from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia is needed, even though people regularly violate the law in Korab without it.

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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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