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Kruje

This town (pop. 12,000) lies about 50 km. north of Tirana on the slopes of Mount Sarisaltik, at a height of about 608 m. The old town is crossed by the picturesque Bazaar Street. The archaeological excavations on the Citadel of Kruja have revealed a settlement of the 3rd/2nd centuries BC. The modern village of Zgërdhesh nearby is on the site of Albanopolis, mentioned by the geographer Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD. During the 25-year war against the Ottoman invaders, Kruja was the principal residence of Gjergj Kastrioti – Skanderbeg, the Albanian national hero

The bazaar street

The Bazaar Street is full of shops and workshops which sell traditional handicrafts – a piece of living history

The Citadel of Kruja

The Citadel of Kruja (alt. 610 m) has controlled since time immemorial the principal line of communication between the North and the South of Albania. Within the fortress are the Museum of Gjergj Kastrioti – Skanderbeg and the National Ethnographic Museum.

Gjergj Kastrioti – Skanderbeg Museum

Gjergj Kastrioti – Skanderbeg Museum is located in a modern building in ‘historic’ style, on the site of a previous medieval fortification. In a number of sections are displayed a variety of objects and a rich documentation, particularly concerning the 14th–16th centuries.

The National Ethnographic Museum

The National Ethnographic Museum is located in a spacious residence built in 1764. In its fifteen rooms are displayed many objects associated with daily life, such as clothing and tools, 90% original and exhibited in their traditional surroundings