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  • Direction sign at the Buna Bridge
    Direction sign at the Buna Bridge
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  • Square Sheshi Demokracia
    Square Sheshi Demokracia
    by HORSCHECK
  • Square Sheshi Demokracia
    Square Sheshi Demokracia
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    Buna Bridge

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 1, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The only about 44 km long river Buna originates from the Lake Shkodra just below the Rozafa Castle and it flows into the Adriatic Sea near the Albanian-Montenegrin border.

    Buses and cars which come from Ulincj in Montenegro have to cross the river over the unique Buna Bridge near Rozafa Castle to get to Shkoder.

    It also links Shkoder with the Albanian resorts of Shiroka and Zogaj.

    This old single lane wooden bridge collapsed in autumn 2002 but within about 2 month it was quickly strengthened with metal frames and put back into use again.

    On the Shkoder side of the bridge is a sign stating distances to other European cities, such as Tirana (AL, 97 km), Istanbul (TR, 1109 km), Ulcinj (MNE, 40 km), Dubrovnik (HR, 224 km) Vienna (A, 1200 km) and Munich (D, 1395 km).

    The construction for a new, much larger concrete bridge has already started a bit further downstream.

    Buna Bridge Buna Bridge seen from Rozafa Castle Entering the Buna Bridge Direction sign at the Buna Bridge
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    Gjuhadol district

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 1, 2010

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    Favorite thing: One of the most attractive parts of Shkoder for a stroll is the Gjuhadol district. It is situated somewhere between the Ebu-Bekr Mosque and the Catholic Cathedral.

    In this area many elegant turn of the 20th century buildings can be found; even though many of these are in decay.

    The pedestrianised street Rrruga 13 Dhjetori, which nowadays seem to be renamed to Rruga Kole Idromeno, is one of the best renovated streets in this part of the city.

    It is lined with many cafes and restaurants, whose outdoor terraces invite for a break.

    Buildings in the Gjuhadol district Gjuhadol district (Rrruga 13 Dhjetori) Gjuhadol district (Rrruga 13 Dhjetori)
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    Sheshi Demokracia (former: Sheshi 5 Heronjte)

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 1, 2010

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Square Sheshi Demokracia Square Sheshi Demokracia Square Sheshi Demokracia
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    Montengro's border

    by DPando Written Aug 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: i was affortunatelly one more time when i was crossing the border.. the taxi driver just went to the border and once there i thought that there was any cab in the other side as i saw from Makedonia to Albania.. but it werent the case.. actually no cab was waiting in the other side.. after i stamped my passport a man called me (in english) and asked me if i need to be carried to Ulcinj (the first town in Montenegro) i accept and actually i tried to offer some money for the service but they didnt accept.. so it was a great impression from them .. because in some parts of eastern money is the best quality of people.. they dont move a finger for less than an euro ... so i accepted and thanks god because it was 20 km long that road to get Ulcinj

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    sights

    by DPando Written Aug 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: i took this picture looking at those people who was doing something weird on the bank river.. there are so much people as i could see in Albania who live with the essential and dont know anything called lush and wealthy .. its so sad because there isnt one or two cases.. everywhere you go if you are sensible to those things you can experiment that sad feeling . maybe is the place where i felt stongly in whole eastern Europe

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    the bridge

    by DPando Written Aug 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: this tiny bridge over the river that runs from the huge lake closer to the city and runs to the sea serving as a border with Montenegro several kilometers westwards...
    the bridge is quite insecure, its built by wooden boards as a floor and iron laterals as strenghtening...before cross the bridge you can see very well the ancient and tall fortress visible afar.
    The bridge is the way to getting out from the city to the neighbour country border

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    city streets

    by DPando Written Aug 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Streets are very crowded at rush hours and traffic jams overwhelmed the foreigner... its visible a lot of difference among the way of life in Shkodra and their neighbours 30 kms away in Ulcinj, Montenegro.. everything looks poorer and bleak mostly cars have the glass window broken.. no much money to replace it and elder mercedes used as a taxi .. and bargain is the best way or the sole way to manage good fares for services

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    the city

    by DPando Written Aug 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The city is also cahotic as i experienced in Tirana.. the last bus stop was in a circular square that i cant mention like a formal bus station... it doesnt exist !!
    The way to move to the montenegro border is take a cab.. in this place and try to manage the best price to get there .. baragin is the way.. i dont remember how much it cost actually
    in front of this bus station there was a coffe bar so clean and quite nice to stop for a while before the hard task to get a taxi ...
    i pass by the bus along the city and i didnt see nothing exceptional worth to see it... maybe the rivers that cross the city

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    the castle

    by DPando Written Aug 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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

    Fondest memory: 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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    Free city guide

    by viktor_b Written Aug 4, 2006

    Favorite thing: InYourPocket has a city guide for Shkodra in English.

    Full version (51 pages) can be obtained at main Shkodra hotels,
    or you can download it for free on:

    http://www.inyourpocket.com/albania/shkodra/en/

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    Shkodër 2005, Raiffeisen bank

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: A large panel advertises for : "Kredi Konsumatore, Raiffeisen bank". I suppose there is no need to translate !

    I am not going to take a photo of every bank in Shkodër, but it is important to know that in 2005, there is no problem to find a bank and no problem to find an ATM. We did not stay long enough in Albania to find where Credit cards could be used for payments.

    Shkod��r 2005, Raiffeisen bank

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    Shkodër 2005, building for offices

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Would you believe that this photo was also taken in Shkodër, also in 2005 and not very far from the other ones? There are in the center of the city several buildings of this type, for offices that have been very recently built. That shows clearly that the country is running fast to improve its economical situation.

    Shkod��r 2005, building for offices
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    Shkodër, entrance in the city in 1988

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Shkod��r, entrance in the city in 1988 Shkod��r, entrance in the city in 1988 Shkoder, entrance in the city in 1988 Shkod��r, entrance in the city in 1988 Shkod��r, entrance in the city in 1988
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    Shkodër 2005, Tirana bank

    by JLBG Written Feb 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In the street on the side of Sheikh Zamil Abdullah mosque, the Tirana bank has installed its headquarters. In front of the bank, a tall yellow sign (better seen on the second photo) says that they take Visa. They have an ATM on their front.

    Shkod��r 2005, Tirana bank Shkod��r 2005, Tirana bank

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    Shkodër 2005, Pro-Credit bank

    by JLBG Written Feb 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In Shkodër, banks are sprouting at every street crossing.

    You can see on this photo that it is for real : look at the big panel on the right. It says that the Pro-Credit bank accepts all kind of credit cards. You can recognize for example Visa and Master Card.

    In the background, a housing building newly built looks great.

    Shkod��r 2005, Pro-Credit bank Shkod��r 2005, Pro-Credit bank
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