From Tirana the minibuses leave from the Zogu i Zi at the end of Rruga e Durresit, we found them parked around the corner on Rruga Mine Peza, behind the gas station. Takes about 1 1/2 hours for 200 lek (2.00 dollars) look for the signs on the minibuses and or license plate Frushe-Kruja or Kruga, Fushe-Kruja is the town on the way to Kruga we took this minibus and transfered in Frushe-Kruja and went on into Kruja. It cost 150 lek each (1.50 dollar) to enter into the castle area, it was anice walk up to the catle and we went back down through the bazaar area. We bought the same things that were at teh bazaar in Tirana so we didn't have to pack any gifts. It took us the afteroon to make the trip there and back to Tirana it was a nice day.
Skënderbeg Museum was designed by Enver Hoxha's daughter and finished building in 1982. It has a mixed look of both modern and fortress like. Though it looks somehow strange, it melt quite well in the landscape, amidst the old Skënderbeg fortress. The entire museum is dedicated to the struggle against the Turkish invaders and enhances the part taken by Skënderbeg.
To make a long story short, let us write that Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeg (1405-1468) is the national hero of Albania. During the communist era, Comrade Enver Hoxha was always compared to Skënderbeg. The four sons of Gjon Kastrioti were sent as a hostage to Constantinople in 1415. The youngest, Gjergj converted to Islam under the name of Iskandar, Skënder in Albanian. Being very proud in the battlefields, he was given the honorary title of "beg". In 1443, he came back to Albania and fought to free his homeland from the Sultan until his death.
A carved arch had fallen down and its stones had been arranged on the soil as they were when standing.
On the second photo, I have enlarged one of the carvings. It shows a bottle, a glass and a plate. Sorry, it is not very good because I had to twist extensively the original photo to get it flat.
The third photo shows a tea pot (or at least something looking like a tea pot) and five mugs or glasses.
The first photo was taken from the summit of the tower and shows a bird's eye view on what remains of the inner part of the citadel and of various houses with their inner yards.
The second photo is a close up taken with tele lens on some of these yards.
The third photo shows the yard of a small farm that looks almost abandoned.
The entrance into the citadel is by way of arched way, almost a tunnel. It allows suddenly to discover the inside of the ruined citadel, with only the root of the walls that remain, up to a height of half a meter.
The photo shows the old tower, left to the paved ramp while right to the ramp stands a plain modern house that somehow spoils the view. Moreover several banderoles are displayed along the ramp and the stairs to honor the Party! Enlarge the photo if you want to see them!
The ramp to the citadel and Skënderbeg museum is paved but only for pedestrians. It is a nice little walk.
At mid height, a small monument (second photo) should be a mausoleum but I have not found to whom it was dedicated. If I visit Krujë next summer, I will have a closer look !
The city of Krujë is not only the castle and the bazaar. Some parts of the city were in 1988 built in a modern and plain style (top of the photo) while there remained older houses built in a Balkanic style. The large house on the right looks especially beautiful and I have made a close-up on the second photo. It is too large to be a private house and I wonder if that could not be a monastery with tombstones at the foot of the front.
The third photo shows another part of the city where we have not been but which seems to have other old typical buildings.
The fourth photo shows the part of the village that is at the foot of the ramp leading to the citadel.
The medieval bazaar was completely restored in the 60s but though looking rather “new”, it has an authentic Turkish look with the wide roofs that almost meet in the middle of the roughly paved alley. The wide gutter is in the middle as it was often allover Europe in the Middle Ages. Unluckily, when we visited the bazaar, the shops were closed.
The bazaar is entirely built in wood. At the extremity of the bazaar, the last shop is very large and its triangular fronton is decorated with carvings. On the two lower ends of the triangle, a large flower made of woods of several colors. Along the sides of the triangle, half flowers of the same design and on top, the Communist five branched red star.
The city of Krujë stands on the slopes of Sari Salltiku mount, belonging to Malesia Krujës (Mountain of Krujë) and the first houses are almost in the valley while the last ones are a just under the fortress that stands on top of the city. The first sight when arriving from Tiranë and Fush-Krujë is of the ruined tower on top and by its side, Skënderbeg museum.
Some parts of the citadel are still standing and seem to have been restored.
The first photo was taken from under the castle, which is in the background with its round tower.