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Kruja Castle, the second among most beautiful castles in Europe

  • 4/9/2021 1:48 PM
Kruja Castle, the second among most beautiful castles in Europe

Kruja castle has been declared the second most beautiful castle in Europe.

The impressive castle of Kruja, which transmits many traditions from generation to generation is the main tourist facility in the ancient city of Kruja in Albania.

Kruja Castle ranks second in the list of ten most beautiful castles in Europe, published by Skyscanner. At an altitude of 557 meters, this castle has a museum, which contains documented things of Skanderbeg.

The Kruja castle in the city of Kruja, Albania is the center of Skanderbeg's rebellion against the Ottoman Empire. Inside the castle you can find the Teqe of Dollme of the Bektashi (an Islamic Sufi sect), the National Skanderbeg Museum, the remains of the Fatih Sultan Mehmed mosque and its minaret, an ethnographic museum and a Turkish bath.

During the Albanian Revolt of 1432-1436 the city was unsuccessfully besieged by Andrea Thopia and Ottoman rule was restored. After Skanderbeg's rebellion in 1443 the castle withstood three massive sieges from the Turks respectively in 1450, 1466 and 1467 with garrisons usually no larger than 2,000-3,000 men under Skanderbeg's command. Mehmed II "The Conqueror" himself could not break the castle's small defenses until 1478, 10 years after the death of Skanderbeg.

Today it is a center of tourism in Albania, and a source of inspiration to Albanians. Kruja Castle is situated at an elevation of 557 metres (1,827 ft).The Albanian people are identified with the history of Kruja Castle. This castle is one of the most visited places in Albania. Within the fortress there is one of the main attractions, the National Museum "George Castroti Skanderbeg". This museum was built in early 1980s. Inside the museum a lot of original bibliography, documents, objects and authentic reproductions that represent the history of Albanian people in the fifteenth century are displayed. This museum has become an icon of the city's skyline.

Another attraction for tourists is the Ethnographic Museum, located in the south side of Kruja Castle. This museum is designed based on a typical house of 19th century. It reveals the sustainable methods of tools, food, drink and furniture production in a typical household. There are also objects and old wood and metal supplies that represent the lifestyle back then in the castle.

/Klara Ruci/