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The Grand Mosque of Durrës (Albanian: Xhamia e Madhe) or New Mosque (Xhamia e Re) is a historic Albanian Mosque in the port-town of Durrës, Albania.
It was built in 1931 under the Kingdomship of King Ahmet Zogu I. By the day of its opening, it was the largest mosque in Albania. The mosque was closed in 1967 unter the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha and its minaret was torn down. Most other historic mosques of the Ottoman era were destroyed. From now on, the Main mosque was used as a so-called Youth Centre. It was damaged again in 1979 by an earthquake.
With the help of the International Islamic Relief Organization of the Muslim World League, the mosque was reopened again in 1993.
The Mosque is also called Grand Mosque in order to distinguish it from the Little Mosque - the Ottoman-era Fatih Mosque.
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Monument to the defenders of the harbor
On the other side of the avenue stands a large monument. The monument looks like some twisted staircase or like a fan. There is a warrior standing on top, seawards, and shooting toward the sky. This is another monument celebrating those many Albanians that have given their life for the defense of their country.
Mujo Ulqinaku (born Mujo Cakuli; 1896–1939) was an Albanian officer of the Royal Albanian Army, known for his resistance on April 7, 1939 to the Italian forces during the Italian Invasion of Albania. He was given the People's Hero of Albania award after death.
Mujo Ulqinaku was born in 1896 in Ulcinj, in the Principality of Montenegro, now modern Montenegro, to a family of sailors and fishermen. In his teens he joined the commercial fleet in Shkodër and Lezhë. Later he served in the Albanian navy, based in Durrës, with the rank of sergeant. He was one of the few officers of the Royal Border Guard (part of the Royal Albanian Army) who tried to stop the Italian invasion of Albania. Armed only with a machine gun, he was placed in the center of the defense line and fought uninterruptedly until he was eventually killed by an artillery shell from an Italian warship in the last hour of the battle. It is reported that he killed and wounded dozens of Italian soldiers with his machine gun.
Mujo Ulqinaku's statue in Durrës, in front of the Durrës Castle.
To honor his action, patriotism, and sense of duty a monument was erected in front of Durrës Castle. A grammar school in Durrës and streets in Tirana and Prishtina bear his name. A documentary on his life and actions with the title "Lufton Mujo Ulqinaku" (English: Mujo Ulqinaku fights on) was released in 1979 by Kinostudio Shqipëria e Re.
Albanian culture is an exotic blend of traditions that have evolved over thousands of years. From the ancient Illyrians and Greeks to the Romans and the Ottomans, the language, music, arts, and cuisine of the Albanian people are a rich and vibrant mix of many civilizations. Once you discover our culture, you are bound to fall in love with this new destination on the Mediterranean.Hospitality is in our nature. Welcoming guests and ensuring their comfort is a hallmark of Albanian heritage and is epitomized by our own Nobel Peace Prize recipient: Mother Teresa. The spirit of cooperation and friendship thrives in Albania, and it is not uncommon for guests to be invited to eat and drink with curious locals wishing to learn more about you.Besa is a concept related to the Albanian code of honour and is an idea that is very important to the Albanian people. In the Kanun (a set of traditional Albanian laws), Besa is described as the highest authority, so essential to personal and familial standing as to be virtually a cult. Besa has been the subject of some stories and novels by Albania’s foremost modern novelist, Ismail Kadare, a Nobel Prize Candidate for Literature and winner of several international prizes. Kadare’s work has been published in over forty countries and translated into more than thirty languages, making Kadare the best ambassador of Albanian literature worldwide.
If we are speaking about the food and drinks of Albania, then we must mention the country’s deliciously-unique cuisine. It has many similarities to Turkish and Greek dishes, but offers a healthier, Mediterranean twist. Come try our wide variety of phyllo dough delicacies, including a melt-in-your-mouth sensation called byrek, or the original sweet treat known regionally as baklava.
Albania also has a long tradition of wine craftsmanship, which is lately being revived to its former glory. While you’re here, taste a sampling of our wine, produced from a rich soil that has been under cultivation since the ancient Greeks and Romans. Regardless of your culinary inclinations, we guarantee that our rich history and culinary traditions have created a menu of mouth-watering specialties for you to try.
Albanian culture is unique in many ways and we hope you’ll visit us to see it first hand. We say ‘yes’ by shaking our head from side to side, both men and women greet each other with a kiss on either cheek, and our conversations are loud and passionate in an effort to entice others to join in. Visit Albania and discover why our culture is a new Mediterranean love.
Royal Villa of Durrës, also known as Zog's Villa of Durrës (Albanian: Vila mbretërore e Durrësit) was the summer villa of King Zog in Durrës, Albania.
It was used as the summer palace by the Albanian Royal family during the reign of the Monarchy and still remains a symbol of the Monarchy in the City.
It is was restored to Leka Crown Prince of Albania in 2007. The restoration process was accepted and approved by the Albanian lands commission, following all the legal procedures without contest. The Palace was a gift given by the Durrës business community as a sign of prosperity to King Zog. Although in 2012, Artan Lame declared in the Media that the Palace was built by the Italian government.
The villa is set on the Durrës hill, 98 m above the sea level. The sea can be seen from three sides of the villa. It is extended in the form of an eagle and was built in 1926. Kristo Sotiri, an architect who had graduated from the University of Padova and the University of Venice, Italy, designed the villa. By the time that Sotiri was designing the building, he had vast experience that included that of being the architect of the Court of Queen Elisabeth of Wied of Romania. The building was finished in 1937, a few months before King Zog married Queen Géraldine Apponyi de Nagyappony.
The villa was used after World War II as a government reception building. During Communist Albania, many communist leaders from Nikita Khrushchev to the Cambodian prince Samde Norodom Sihanuk have been guests in the building. Former US President Jimmy Carter also has been one of its guests in the '90s. The interior of the villa was vandalized during the 1997 unrest in Albania. Prince Leka has outlined a reconstruction plan to be implemented in the near future.
THE BEAUTY OF DURRES
"The Beauty of Durres" is the name of a mosaic from
the 4th century BC, which is now exhibited in Tirana,
at the National Historical Museum.
The mosaic was discovered by accident during the
first World War in the "Varosh", the old quarter of
the city, and it was initially studied by Praschniker an
archaeologist mobilized in the Austro-Hungarian
army. The mosaic is compiled using small colorful
river pebbles. At its center, there is the portrait of a
woman, surrounded by plant decorations.
Because the woman, the mosaic is called "The
Beauty of Durres". Some scholars think that the
woman in the center of the mosaic is Aura one of
Artemis accompanying ladies.
Durrës Castle (Albanian:Kalaja e Durrësit) is a 5th-century castle, located in Durrës, Albania.
The castle was built by the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire Anastasius I who originated from Durrës. At the time, Anastasius made the city one of the most fortified cities on the Adriatic. Repairs to the walls have been carried out since the devastating earthquake of 1273. Currently medieval walls nearly 15 feet (4.6 meters) in height and the three entrances of some of the fortification towers are preserved in nearly one-third of the initial length of the city castle walls.. The castle was reinforced with several guard towers by the Republic of Venice and during the occupation of Albania by Ottoman Empire the wall was reinforced.
On 7 April 1939, Albanian patriots fought the fascist Italians who invaded Albania. In Durrës, a force of only 360 Albanians, mostly gendarmes and townspeople, led by Abaz Kupi, the commander of the gendarmerie in Durrës, and Mujo Ulqinaku, a marine official, tried to halt the Italian advance. Armed only with small arms and three machine guns, they succeeded in keeping the Italians at bay for several hours until a large number of light tanks disembarked from the latter's naval vessels. After that, resistance diminished and within five hours Italy had captured the entire city.
The castle is now a popular Albanian tourist attraction in Durrës.
Let's start with the diamond of the city. ...
The Durrës Amphitheatre (Albanian: Amfiteatri i Durrësit) is a large Roman amphitheatre in the city of Durrës, Albania. Built in the 2nd century AD during Roman Emperor Trajan's rule, it is located in the centre of the city and is only half unearthed. The Durrës Amphitheatre is one of the largest amphitheatres in the Balkan peninsula, once having a capacity of 20,000 people, and has no analogs in Albania. It was discovered in the late 1900s and today has become a popular tourist attraction. Durrës Amphitheatre is a World Heritage candidate.
The amphitheatre was built in the beginning of 2nd century AD. The city of Durrës, ancient Epidamnos or Dyrrachion/Dyrrachium, was the first city in Adriatic Sea, founded in 627 BC. The amphitheatre was used for performances until the 4th century AD. The earthquake of 345/346 perhaps damaged the monument and closed the 'ludii gladiatorii'. The Early Christian Chapel was adapted on the amphitheatre in the second half of IVth century. Chapel was decorated with frescoes. Later on, in VIth century, was laid out with mosaics. Another Medieval Chapel was adapted in XIIIth century, decorated with frescoes. Amphitheater was covered in XVIth century, after the Ottoman occupation, when the Wall was build nearby. Marin Barleti describes the monument 'well constructed'.
About one third of the site was discovered and excavated in the 1960s by Vangjel Toci; the rest was excavated in the 1980s by Lida Miraj. After excavation the amphitheater slowly deteriorated, as no conservation efforts were undertaken prior to the 2000s, and construction continued to take place around the site. In the 2004 the University of Parma started restoration work to save the monument.
The amphitheatre has an elliptical shape with the axes of 132.4 metres (434 ft) and 113.2 metres (371 ft). The arena is 61.4 metres (201 ft) by 42.2 metres (138 ft) and is 20 metres (66 ft) high. It is built on a slope of the hill, and inside the amphitheatre there are staircases and galleries at different levels. The chapel with mosaics is preserved.
The site currently functions as a museum.
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