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    The Skanderbeg Museum and the Kruja Castle

    by Eraldi Written Nov 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Kruja is a small town located 32 km northwest from Tirana the capital. It has a castle and a museum which features the ancient wars and history of Albania under Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu and his glorious victories againts the Ottomans in the 1400s. For a quarter of a century he and his country prevented Turks from invading Catholic Western Europe. Skanderbeg is the National Hero of Albania.

    During the 25 years he fought, with forces rarely exceeding 20,000 against the most powerful army of that time and defeated it for 25 years. In 1450 the Turkish army was led by the Sultan Murad II in person, who died after his defeat in the way back. Two other times, in 1466 and 1467, Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, led the Turkish army himself against Skenderbeg and failed too. The Ottoman Empire attempted to conquer Kruja 24 times and failed all 24 of them.

    After his death from natural causes in 1468 in Lezha, his soldiers resisted the Turks for the next 12 years. In 1480 Albania was finally conquered by the Ottoman Empire. When the Turks found the grave of Skenderbeg in Saint Nicholas church of Lezha, they opened it and held his bones like talismans for luck. In 1480 the Turks invaded Italy and conquered the City of Otranto.

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    The Skanderbeg Museum and the Kruja Castle

    by Eraldi Written Nov 23, 2006

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    Wall painting in the Skanderbeg Museum in Kruja
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    Favorite thing: Kruja is a small town located 32 km northwest from Tirana the capital. It has a castle and a museum which features the ancient wars and history of Albania under Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu and his glorious victories againts the Ottomans in the 1400s. For a quarter of a century he and his country prevented Turks from invading Catholic Western Europe. Skanderbeg is the National Hero of Albania.

    During the 25 years he fought, with forces rarely exceeding 20,000 against the most powerful army of that time and defeated it for 25 years. In 1450 the Turkish army was led by the Sultan Murad II in person, who died after his defeat in the way back. Two other times, in 1466 and 1467, Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, led the Turkish army himself against Skenderbeg and failed too. The Ottoman Empire attempted to conquer Kruja 24 times and failed all 24 of them.

    After his death from natural causes in 1468 in Lezha, his soldiers resisted the Turks for the next 12 years. In 1480 Albania was finally conquered by the Ottoman Empire. When the Turks found the grave of Skenderbeg in Saint Nicholas church of Lezha, they opened it and held his bones like talismans for luck. In 1480 the Turks invaded Italy and conquered the City of Otranto.

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    Kruje explained

    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Kruja is a small mountain town 32 kilometres north-west of Tirana and it's a perfect destination for a day trip. "Kruj'" means "spring" and in the past it was famous for its fresh waters. it is also a medieval town rich in history, and the birthplace of the national hero: Gjergj Kastriot Scanderbeg, who fought against the Ottoman invasion. Kruja is therefore the symbol of the popular resistance and freefom.

    Fondest memory: The citadel is quite inpressive, although most of it is in ruins, and the Sknderbeg mausoleum informative and interesting. What I liked best, however, was the tiny ethnographic museum: a small jewel shading a light on how rich families used to live in the past. The original furniture is simply amazing.

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