Rozafa Castle

Shkoder is the capital of the Shkoder County, and is one of Albania's oldest and most historic cities, as well as an important cultural and economic centre in Balkan Region and in the Adriatic Sea (known as Scodra).

ROZAFA Castle is located on a rocky hill at the entrance of Shkoder city, where the surrounding walls occupy an area of 9 hectares. For the first time, the Illyrian fortified center was mentioned during the Gent Kingdom (181-168 B.C.) and the historian Titus Livius calls "the strongest country of Labeats". Although Rozafa Castle got occupied by Romans, Slavs and Byzantine times it continues to save a number of environments as garrisons, warehouse, administrative building etc within its walls.

All around it in a distance no more than 10 km Rozafa Castle there are several smaller settlements (whose fortifications were castles, caves and churches), which were as satellite towns at its power time. They are constructed in strategic point from where the whole territory of Shkoder region was controlled and surveyed -the spatial form has given even the project name, CASTLE2CASTLE.

 

 

 

Mes Bridge

Mes Bridge on Kir River 120 m long was built in 1768 by Mehmet Pasha Plak Bushatli. This cultural monument served to connect Shkoder with Drisht.

 

 

 

Historical Museum of Shkoder

The Historical Museum of Shkodra (Muzeu Historik i Shkodrës) was founded in 1949, based on collections gathered by the Jesuits and Franciscan monks at the end of the XIXth century, and also on private collections donated by families of Shkodrër. The museum is housed inside a monumental XIXth century building, the massive family house of Osa Kuka, a wealthy middle-class merchant.

 

Inside, the museum exhibits typically ornate guest rooms, and a basement with a small archeology exhibition featuring an early Christian Plate of David, and artifacts from the Greek and Roman periods. In the garden you’ll also find a Roman tomb and a Venetian stone well.

 

 

 

Venice Art Mask Factory (Carnavals)

Venice Art Mask Factory is called “Arlecchino,” after the hero of Italian carnivals. The employees manually make the masks using the labour-intensive cartapesta technique. The masks worn by Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in their 1999 movie “Eyes Wide Shut” were created here.

 

 

 

CULTURAL HERITAGE (tangible)

  1. ROZAFA Castle
  2. Archeological Site of Drivastum
  3. Archeological site of Gajtan
  4. Mes Bridge
  5. Historical Museum of Shkoder
  6. Traditional woman’ costume of High Mountain (Xhubleta)
  7. Traditional woman’ costume of Zadrima
  8. MARUBBI Photography
  9. Archeological site of Sarda
  10. Shirq Church

 

 

CULTURAL HERITAGE (intangible)

  1. Wood carpet craftsmanshift
  2. Tabacoo cultivating technique
  3. Carnavals
  4. Logu i Bjeshkeve (Xhubleta Event)