Let’s start our day in Shkodra with a coffee and a croissant, at one of the typical Pastry Bar’s along the promenade of Kolë Idromeno street, packed with cafés, restaurants and boutiques. Then we will walk toward the Ebu Bekr Mosque, which is the main Mosque and one of the most important in Shkodra. Near with the Mosque (3 minutes away by foot) we find the modern Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity. A symbol for the Albanian religious tolerance.
As we know Shkodra is the city of culture and arts, and this is confirmed by The Marubi National Museum of Photography, which is the only Museum dedicated completely to the art of photography, taken from the year 1858 by Pjetër Marubi. Also The Venice Art-Mask Factory, a must have experience if you’re passionate about handmade Venetian carnival masks.
We will continue our trip by the St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, which was dedicated to Saint Stephan, the first Martyr of Christianity. During the Siege of Shkodra (1912–1913) the cathedral was damaged by the Montenegrin army, that’s why it was closed in 1967 and then reopened in 1990 after the renovation.
Before visiting the last attractions, we will take a break and stop by one of the traditional Restaurants in Shkodra to charge our body and stomach.
Cherry on top is The Rozafa Castle, the most beautiful fortress in Albania. This stunning building offers stunning views over the city and Lake Shkodra. It was founded by the Illyrians during antiquity and was later rebuilt by the Venetian and Turkish communities. Inside the castle, you can see the ruins of various structures and walls built by previous inhabitants.
Around afternoon, while going back to where the journey started, we’ll visit also The National History Museum of Shkodra, which 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 different families of Shkodra.
End of our Journey and Service.