About Shkodra

Shkodra is one of the oldest cities in the country, founded in the 4th century B.C. as the center of the Labeat tribe of Illyrians, known by the name Scodra.

Shkodra’s main tourist attraction is Rozafa Castle. Rising majestically upon a rocky hill west of the city, the outcroppings and battlements paint a blazing picture against the setting sun.

The waters of three rivers surround it; the Drini, Buna, and Kiri. Much like the town it protected, the castle has Illyrian origins. According to the historian Tit Livi, “It was the strongest area of the Labeats.” Like all ancient works, the castle comes with a popular local legend. Rozafa was the name of the bride of the youngest of three brothers who originally built the castle. The three men worked tirelessly daily, laying mortar and stone, but the walls crumbled overnight.

Shkodra is one of the most important cities in Albania and is also known to be the center of Albanian Catholicism, Culture, and Harmony between different religions.

You can visit the renewed Marubi National Museum of Photography, famous for its extensive and rare collection of photos from Albanian history, or take a tour of Pedonalja, called Kole Idromeno Street, the old center of Shkodra, a very Mediterranean taste passing through mosques and churches.

The lake of Shkodra is also suggested to visit, bathe, or eat some of the best dishes of Albanian cuisine like Krap, typical for this region.

The Theatre Migjeni also represents a chance to see and admire concerts or performances depending on the season.

The Art House of well-known contemporary artist Adrian Paci is the house for all the events, conferences, and exhibitions related to the modern art world.

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