Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Itinerar albanez 6. Kruja / Albanian Itinerary 6. Kruja



Kruja is at only 32 km from Tirana. Here was erected a fortress in the V-VI-th centuries, and in the XV-th century it was organised the resistance against the Ottoman army. This is the place were Skanderbeg, the national hero, lived.

The fortress doesn't exists anymore, there are only some ruins but a copy was built, which houses a small museum. The best pieces in the museum are Skanderbeg's helmet and sword.

In the same courtyard, an XVIIIth century building houses an interesting Ethnographic Museum.


We didn't have much time, so we browsed a little through the Old Bazaar and did some photos of the Skanderbeg's equestrian statue.

La doar 32 km de Tirana se afla Kruja, simbol al rezistentei crestine in fata armatelor otomane din secolul al XV-lea.

Din soseaua care leaga Shkoder de Tirana, la Fushe-Kruje, urcam pe un drum cu multe curbe spre Kruja. Agatat pe pantele muntelui Skanderbeut, orasul isi semnaleaza prezenta prin acoperisurile rosii care se ivesc din vegetatie.
Kruja
Nu avem prea mult timp la dispozitie asa ca parcam masina cat mai aproape de castel, contra unei monezi de 100 lek. 
Trecem mai intai pe langa o fantana construita in stil otoman, urmand apoi drumul in panta care duce spre castel.
Au ramas doar ruine aici din ceea ce a fost un castel puternic, ridicat in secolele V-VI, ceea ce se vede fiind o reconstructie care adaposteste un mic muzeu, pe care il vizitam (200 lek taxa de intrare). Ne intampina chiar la intrare Skanderbeg, eroul national.
Muzeul a fost inaugurat in 1982. Piesele expuse ilustreaza istoria si lupta albanezilor pentru independenta, impotriva armatelor otomane. Piesele de rezistenta sunt coiful de aur si sabia lui Skanderbeg.
In curte, resturi ale locuintelor din incinta castelului. Locul ne ofera frumoase panorame ale orasului.
Tot aici se afla si un mic si interesant Muzeu de Etnografie (intrarea, 300 lek), adapostit de o casa din 1764. Obiectele expuse ne arata cum traiau albanezii cu 300 de ani in urma.
Muzeul de Etnografie
Printre constructiile mai moderne, ajungem intr-un mic scuar unde admiram statuia lui Skanderbeg calare, loc deseori fotografiat in oras.
 
 
Skanderbeg, eroul national
La plecare, trecem prin Vechiul Bazar, restaurat in anii '60, unde se vand tot felul de lucruri, de la antichitati la piese etnografice.
 Bazarul
Mai aruncam o privire spre castel si ne grabim sa ne reintoarcem in soseaua principala, care ne va duce, tot azi, in sudul tarii.







24 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Great serie photo's.....good impression.

greetings, Joop

Ioana said...

Foarte interesant, incredibil cat de multe ai de vazut in locuri prea putin popularizate, din pacate. Noroc cu blogurile ca mai invatam si noi unii de la altii...

Bine te-am gasit, te-am pus si in blogroll :-)

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Joop!

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc, Ioana! Bine ai venit aici! Da, ai dreptate, blogurile altora pot servi ca sursa de informatie dar si de inspiratie:)

magda said...

Magnificent monuments, the great photos you!
This village has a unique atmosphere!
Thanks for an interesting ride!
many greetings

Life Ramblings said...

i always go on a mini vacation when i visit your blog. such a beautiful place with wonderful memories.

Doug Hickok said...

Once again, your tours are utterly fascinating to see. Love all the details that you see!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Those statues and wall paintings really very intricate ...

Randy said...

Another fascinating place. I would love to see it in person.

Rizalenio said...

Love those sculptures and artworks on wall. These are treasures. Cant take away my eyes looking at the mountain. Such a rich nature.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Magda!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks for the kind words, Life Ramblings!

Traveling Hawk said...

Your feedback is important, Doug. Thanks!

Traveling Hawk said...

It's a bigger group of statues, represinting Albanian warriors but I cut Skanderbeg's one out. Thanks, Wong!

Traveling Hawk said...

Albania it's interesting and it has much to offer. Thanks, Randy!

Traveling Hawk said...

Nice as always, Rizalenio! Thanks!

Liliana said...

Frumoase papusi traditionale :). Poti, te rog, cand scrii preturile, sa pui in paranteza un echivalent in RON? Sunt sigura ca ai scris pe undeva si eu pot face efortul sa vad rata de curs, dar e mai usor de urmarit cand moneda e lek (de care eu aud pt prima oara :D.)

Traveling Hawk said...

"La negru", ei socotesc 100 lek pentru un euro, chiar daca oficial ar trebui sa fie peste 120. Daca nu ai lek, poti plati aproape oriunde in euro, la rata de mai sus, asa ca noi asa am judecat preturile (dar aveam lek, de la bancomat).

Liliana said...

Ok. Comisioanele bancare cum sunt? Prin Brazilia m-au jecmanit putin la extrageri de la bancomat si cat m-am pazit sa n-am nevoie de cash, tot am avut :P.

Traveling Hawk said...

Nu stiu Liliana, n-am verificat extrasul de cont. De altfel am scos doar de doua ori si sume mici, fiindca am cheltuit putin acolo. Cazarea am platit-o in euro, iar pentru rest nu am avut nevoie de multi bani.

VP said...

Who keep a portrait of Stalin?

Traveling Hawk said...

It was a book about him, VP.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Another wonderful , informative and all round photographic post doing the place justice.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, J_on_tour!