Shkodra or Shkoder is one of the oldest and most historic places of the Balkans peninsula as well known also as an important cultural and economic center. Shkodra has the best geographical position in Albania. At the foothills of the Albanian Alps and surrounded by the freshwaters of the rivers of Kiri, Buna, Drini and the famous Lake of Shkodra, it also stands just 40 km by the Adriatic sea; that makes this ancient city an important Tourist, cultural and educational center.
Shkodra is one of the most important cities of 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 big and rare collection of photos over Albanian history or just take a tour at Pedonalja so called Kole Idromeno street that is the old center of Shkodra , very mediterranean taste passing through mosques and churches .The lake of Shkodra is also suggested to visit , to bath , or to eat some of the best dishes of Albanian cuisine like Krap ne tave typical for this region .The Theatre Migjeni represent also a chance to see and admire concerts or performances depending by the season .Art House of well known contemporary artist Adrian Paci is house for all the events , conferences and exhibitions related to the contemporary art world .
Shkodra has been inhabited continuously since its foundation in the 4th century BC. It was the chief town of Illyrian tribe of Labeats and later on during the reign of King Gent and Queen Teuta the chief centre of the Illyrian state. In the year 168 BC, the city was taken by the Romans and it became an important trade and military route for them.
In 1040 AD, Shkodra was captured by the Serbs and became an important economic and administrative center. In 1396, the city came under Venetian rule, forming a coalition against Ottoman Empire. Despite resisting attacks for some years, Shkodra fell under Turkish rule in 1479. Many inhabitants fled shortly after the occupation that devastated the city. It did not gain its prosperity until about the 17th century.
During its long history the city has played important role in Albanian culture and history. In the southerly part of the city rises the Castle of Rozafa, and in the surrounding neighbourhood there are prehistoric burial grounds and both ancient and medieval fortified settlements.
Today the city and the area around it is blessed with numerous different natural and cultural objects. The city retains its characteristic appearance with narrow streets with tall stone walls on both sides and tall gates. After World War II, Shkodra rebuilt with wider streets and new residential buildings. These were built in several new quarters.
Apart from being a historic centre, Shkodra has always been a centre of education, culture and trade. It has always developed and maintained links to the West, especially to Italy and Austria. Shkodra is also the centre of Albanian Catholicism as well as a fine example of tolerance between religions, with the city comprising all the major faiths found in Albania.