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The Religious City of Elbasan





Elbasan, one of the largest cities in Albania, is situated near the Shkumbin River which comes in the center of the city. With a history older than thousands of years, the city resembles a medieval era with its tapered and paved streets. The weather in Elbasan has its own peaks and lows with cold winters and moderate summers. Since the city is small, the options for accommodation in Elbasan are also limited. Still, the place offers some decent hotels and BnBs like Real Scampis Hotel and Hotel Imperial.

The city has its major attraction in the Elbasan Ethnographic museum situated right in the middle of the city. The museum is placed in a double storied house with two big guestrooms called Oda’s on the top floor. Both with its traditional furnishings are a study in itself about the old folklore culture of the region! The central hall has an opening to the entrance area. The various villages and their typical folk dresses have its display on the lower floors with many costumes and a reasonably large amount of textiles with various patterns used. There is also a showcase of different iron and wooden tools.

Another popular attraction is the house of Kostandin Kristoforidhi. which was opened in 1978 as a museum. This Albanian scholar is famous for his translation of the New Testament into the Albanian language. Some other museums in the city are the Shkolla Normale Museum and also the War museum. If you are the visiting the region during the months of February and March, you can also take part in the Summer Day Festival which celebrates the closure of winter and beginning of summer. The festival, which has a pagan background, has its traditional food called Ballokum which is a cookie made from corn wheat and butter!

Though there are not many things to do in Elbasan, the city is home to many religious monuments like mosques and churches, old and new. The famous Christian buildings are the National Autocephalous Albanian Church, St. Mary's Church, the Basilica on Tepe's Hill and the Uniat Catholic church. Some most visited mosques in the region are the King Mosque, Naziresha Mosque and Namazgjah, which is an open terrace used for prayers.

Most of the top tourist places in Elbasan actually come in the city of Tirana, which is near to Elbasan. The National Historical Museum in Tirana is famed to be biggest museum in Albania and was designed by the famous architect and designer Enver Faja. The massive mosaic building which was opened in 1981 required the demolition of city’s Municipal building and has many areas for exploration including the exhibits of Rilindja Kombetare, Communist genocide and many more show an overall picture of the Albanian history and cultural revolutions.

Some of the most liked places to eat in Elbasan are the Ura E Lizes. With its platter of characteristic Albanian menu, the restaurant offers a good ambience and friendly staff for the visitors.

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Praveen is a prominent and amateur writer, primarily focusing on providing Tamworth Travel Guide for those planning to travel to Tamworth. Here you can get relevant facts about tourist places in Tamworth, weather, nightlife, accommodation, things to do in Tamworth and lots more.


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