Sheshi Demokracia (former: Sheshi 5 Heronjte)
In most guidebooks the large square in the very heart of Shkoder's city centre is still named Sheshi 5 Heronjte (5 Heroes Square) after a statue which stood here until 2008.
The communist style statue represented 5 heroes who died during their fights for the Communist Party. In 2009 this statue has been demolished to show that the admiration of communist heroes doesn't make sense on Albania's way to democracy.
In 2009 the statue has been replaced by a new statue consisting of several metal pillars of various lengths. The statue is surrounded by a fountain and some benches.
In addition the square Sheshi 5 Heronjte has been renamed to Sheshi Demokracia.
An illyrian fortress rules the city , illyrian were an ancient culture that match on time with Roman empire and greek some centuries before... they dwelt in the actual Croatia, Montengro and albanian adriatic coast
Rozafa fortress was rebuilt some centuries by venetians and turkish that ruled this area in several periods My experience is short in time in that place.. i just saw that should be nice to go up as i did in Kotor this same afternoon and behold such brautiful landscapes !! i just pass by for an hour by there
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Shkodër, entrance in the city in 1988
These photos were taken in 1988 in Shkodër on the main road. I have not been able in 2005 to find exactly the same place. I should have taken paper prints with me. All buildings were either new or under construction.
You will notice that there is not a single car, as they were forbidden to private citizens. However, on the fourth photo, there is a road sign that forbids the access to town to horse drawn carts. This is the same road sign that was in 2005 affixed to the bridge on the Buna river.
On the fifth photo, another road sign (they were not so many !) shows the direction of Shkod?r (city center) with no kilometers and of Tiran?, 110 km.
Visit the 'Rozafa' castle
Visit the 'Rozafa' castle
The 'Rozafa' castle has a fascinating history, that relates to one of the most beautiful of Albanian Legends.
The legend of Rozafa.
In short the legends tells us that the castle was being build by three married brothers. However, what they build during the day it was destroyed at night. So, the brothers decide to ask an old wise man about their bad luck. The old man told them that, the castle needed a human sacrifice for it to stand strong. Because the brothers and in particular their building skills were needed to complete the job, they decided that they will sacrifice one of the wives that will bring them their lunch the following day. However, before parting for their homes they gave each other their 'Besa' oath not to tell their wives about their decision. However the two older brothers broke their oath and told their wives everything while the younger brother the husband of Rozafa kept his world and revealed nothing to its young wife. So the next day the other two wives came up with excuses when asked to take the midday meal to the three brothers. Rozafa innocently said that she would volunteer to go if it wasn't for her little month old baby. However, she decided to go after the other wives promise her that they will look after her baby. When she arrives her husband the younger brother is devastated however he explains to her the decision that they have taken. Rozafa is very brave and her worries are only for her child. She asks them to inmure only half of her body. She explains that she wants an eye left so that she could see her baby, one hand uncovered so that she could touch her child and a breast exposed so that she could feed him. The brothers obliged and the castle was finnally build, but the brave Rozafa had to give up her life. Even today from the walls of the castle entrance leaks a milky substance that many associate with the milk from the breast of Rozafa that was left exposed. The many days spend at the different beaches with my friends.