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 Filip Shiroka, a classical Rilindja poet

 Filip Shiroka (1859-1935) is a classical Rilindja poet whose verse was first to become known in later years. He was born and raised in Shkodra and educated there by the Franciscans. Among his teachers was poet Leonardo De Martino (1830-1923), whose influence is omnipresent in Shiroka’s verse. His earliest verse publication, “To Albania, to arms, to arms!”, was a rather ...

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Albanian poet, writer and one of the most prominent patriots, Naim Frasheri

Naim Frashëri was an Albanian poet, writer and one of the most prominent patriots of the Albanian national movement for independence from the Ottoman Empire. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Albania. He authored 22 works. Naim Frashëri was born in 1846 in Frashër, a village of 1500 residents in the Vilayet of Janina. Naim spent his ...

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Gjon Buzuku, the author of the first book (1555) published in Albanian

Gjon Buzuku (16th century) was an Albanian Catholic priest who wrote the first known printed book in Albanian. Gjon Buzuku was born in the village of Ljare in the Bar district, close to Northern Albania, then Ottoman Empire. He probably lived in or near Venice, Italy. There are claims that he was the bishop of two dioceses in north Albania ...

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Albanian academician Idriz Ajeti passes away at 102 in Pristina

Idriz Ajeti albanologist, linguist and intellectual, pedagogue and activist passed away at the age of 102 in Pristina. Ajeti was a member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Kosovo and its chairman in two terms, honorary member of the Academy of Sciences of Albania and also the first Speaker of the Parliament elected in illegality in the 90s ...

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Albanian prominent patriot and warrior, Sali Vranishti

Sali Vranishti (Sali Murati), popular as “Kapedan” Sali Vranishti, has been memorized as a prominent patriot and warrior, fighting for national freedom and sovereignty. Sali Vranishti was born in Vranisht of Vlora, on March 20, 1880. Rebelled against the Turkish invaders, the outlaw Sali Murati was persecuted, trapped in, and imprisoned in Ioannina’s castle. He managed to escape from prison ...

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National Historic Museum commemorates the 551 death anniversary of Gjergj Kastrioti Scanderbeg

The national history museum in Tirana commemorated the 551th anniversary of the death of Albanian national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. Skanderbeg was a great statesman and strategist who led the Albanian people in the fight for freedom and independence, against the Ottoman occupation, for the political and state unification of the Albanian people. The Albanian war headed by Scanderbeg and ...

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Kadri Roshi, the Albanian Aesop

Kadri Roshi was born on 4 January 1924 in Ballsh, Mallakaster, while his parents were originally from Libohova. His mother passed away when Kadri Roshi was only 2 years old, and he will remain orphan at the age of 12 when his father died. A famous lawyer, the father of Kadri was distinguished by his excellent abilities and the preparations ...

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Saimir Pirgu, Tenor From the Dark Side of the Moon

Saimir Pirgu figures among the brightest stars in today’s international operatic firmament. “Exceptionally boyish, gently ardent and at ease in stratospheric flights” (Financial Times), the “sweet-voiced, energetic tenor” (New York Times) has been celebrated at every major international operatic venue, including the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal ...

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Jeronim de Rada, Albanian outstanding poet of romanticism

Jeronim de Rada was an Albanian writer of Italo-Albanian literature.  De Rada and Demetrio Camarda were the two main initiators of the Albanian National Awakening in Italy during the second half of the 19th century. Being the son of a parish priest of Italo-Albanian Catholic Church in Macchia Albanese in the mountains of Cosenza, De Rada attended the college of Saint Adrian in San Demetrio Corone. Already imbued with a ...

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Luigj Gurakuqi, Albanian outstanding writer and politician

Luigj Gurakuqi was an Albanian writer and politician. He was an important figure of the Albanian National Awakening. Gurakuqi was born in village Ostros, Krajna near Shkodar Lake on February 19, 1879. He got his first education in Shkodër. Gurakuqi studied at the St.Xavier College run by the Jesuits in his native Shkodër. Encouraged by his teachers, Anton Xanoni and Gaspër Jakova Mërturi, he began ...

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