Albania is one of my favorite countries in the Balkans. I’ve had the opportunity to tour the towns of Tirana, Elbasan, Berat, Durres, Shkodra. Until recently, it was one of the most closed countries in the world, not just the Balkans. Albania is an interesting country with its exclusive culture, its rooted history, the mountainous untouched geography and the exquisite beaches on the Adriatic coast.
Tirana Attractions – Albania
The capital is Tirana, a small city. Along the most important street of Vatan martyrs, Parliament and the Prime Minister’s building and Tirana University are located. Located on the square in the heart of the city, and becoming the symbol of Albania, Ethem Bey Mosque, the clock tower and the statue of Alexander Bey are at the beginning of the places to be seen. Ethem Bey Mosque, made in 1793 by Haci Ethem Bey, is famous for its wall paintings. Like many Balkan cities, the river passes through Tirana. The ruins of the old Ottoman castle can be seen near the Lena River, which adds a distinct beauty to Tirana.
Elbasan looks like an Anatolian town that partially preserved the Ottoman stay with its circular kiremitli houses. The city is the most populous and most important third city after the country’s Tirana and Durres. During the expedition of Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1466, the city became more prominent in the identity of Elbasan, the post-outpost of the Ottoman, as one of the headquarters of Islam in Albania. In addition to Islamic structures, the construction of many churches is culturally coloured, just like Tirana. The King’s Mosque, made in 1492, is located in the citadel of Elbasan, which is made by the Ottoman Empire and is among the rare artifacts that can survive in Albania. In the city of Elbasan, where the Ottoman Empire stepped on Albanian territory, the city’s symbol is still an Ottoman structure and 16. It’s a century-dated clock tower that still preserves authenticity.
Berat is a city I love and want to see again. Berat, whose Ottoman Empire reigned for five centuries, is the twin brother of Safranbolu with its historic houses. Berat is a city dominated mostly by Ottoman tissue. The Osumi River, which welcomes you at the entrance of the city and boasts a magnificent landscape, divides the historic city in half. On one side, the Muslim, on the other side, the Gorica bridge, which stretches like a pearl necklace on the river, which is located on the Christian quarter, is 18. In the century, he was commissioned by Ahmet Kurt Pasha. The most important of mosques that can resist the time and the period of communism, the Kursunlu Mosque, the Imperial mosque, the clock Mosque and the singles mosque, which dates between 1530 and 1540, are the Ottoman works that managed to reach the present. Be lost between the striped houses at the foot of Berat Castle and enjoy the view from the top of the castle. Come down from the castle to the National Ethnography Museum, where traditional life is laid in an old mansion.
Durres or Durrësi, also known as the Diropen, is the second largest city in Albania after Tirana. Located on the central Adriatic coast in 33 kilometers west of Tirana, the city is a historic and economically important settlement. The city where I went with the dolmus from Tirana was stagnant and colorless due to the winter season. In the summer months, the towns of Bari and Brindisi of Italy are located on the opposite shore of Durres, which is located in a relatively narrow area of the Adriatic Sea, filled with vacationers. The most important historical structure of the city, which is the main port of Albania, is Fatih mosque from the Ottoman period. There is an historic Orthodox Church on the shore with a historic tower dating back to the old castle. The sights and attractions of Durres include the ancient theatre, the statue of Alexander Bey and the statue. I passed from Durres to Kruja in the van.
Located on a hill dominated by the fertile Fushë Krujë plains on the western slopes of the Kruja Mountains, Kruja is the city where the Ottoman heritage is widely found. Krujë Castle, also known as the fortress of Akçahisar and has a 600 meter altitude, is the high point of the region. The Alexander Bey Museum, located within the castle, can be seen. In the entrance of the castle, Uzayan Bazaar is a complete Anatolian atmosphere. The old Ottoman Bazaar is ideal for shopping. Murad Bey Mosque, which carries traces from the Ottoman Empire, is an Ottoman relic built in 1534. Kruja is also an important geography in a gooseberry cult center that focuses around the cult of yellow Saltuk Dede. The Kruja Bektaşa Tekkesi is on the road to Kruja Castle, with minibuses moving from the centre of Kruja. With a daily program, Durres and Kruja can be visited together.