Today was a day full of Albanian history. We headed north to Kruje, the former capital of the country, and strolled through the town's old bazaar. Like most shopping areas in the regions small towns, one can find some local products among the many imported materials. We're trying not to add to the weight of our suitcases, or bring home anything that will break in transit.
Bektashi Mosque and lodge, a Sufi dervish order mainly found in Anatolia and the Balkans from the 14th to 16th centuries. In 1826, it was banned in the Ottoman Empire, and its leadership moved to Albania. It had a considerable impact on the islamization of Albania. But after the communists took power in 1945, several babas and dervishes were executed. Ultimately in 1967, Enver Hoxha banned religious practice in Albania, declaring the country "atheist".
Toptani family home near the castle, and understood better how powerful ex-Roman Generals families could become. The two-story house very well displays the possessions and furniture, tools and weapons, art and family treasures acquired over centuries of power.
Et ham Bey Mosque, the Resurrection Cathedral, the Memorial to Communist Isolation and Mother Teresa Square.
To see all of the photos taken today, cick on Monday, June 5th, Tirana, Albania.