Discover monuments in Albania part
It stands on the river of Cem i Vuklit, right where the river joins its other branch, Cem i Selcës. Historians have found written records of this long, narrow bridge which has been built in the area to allow merchants to travel from Gusinje and Plav towards Peja, Prizreni and Shkup. Oral traditions attribute the name Tamara to the wife of an Ottoman Pasha who was ruling the area in the 18th century. It is said that the bridge was very weak, which caused its frequent destruction from rainfalls and the wild river flow. Tamara, who was once coming back from a trip to Montenegro, happened to find a destroyed bridge that she couldn’t cross, so she had to wait on the other side of the bridge for several days. Once she went back to Shkodër, she convinced her husband to repair the bridge once and for all. Since then, the bridge took her name, and so did Tamara Village.Thepi Tower
The inhabitants of Curraj i Epërm say that in the whole village there were lock-in towers which got destroyed with time, apart from Thepi (local dialect for rock) Tower which still exists in poor conditions. Thepi Tower is located on a 15-meter high rock massif in the centre of Curraj i Epërm, next to the bridge that connects the two sides of Curraj River. It is named after the word “thep”, which in Albanian means rock massif. Built around 1840-1850, this lock-in tower it is considered one of the oldest towers in the northern highlands.Saint Joseph Church
Carvings on the walls demonstrate that Saint Joseph Church in Curraj i Epërm was built in 1897. During Enver Hoxha’s regime, communists attempted to destroy the building in 1967, but the church was saved thanks to the effort of local inhabitants, who managed to protect it. The church has a second floor, which used to be inhabited by a local communist chief, and its interior was later repaired. Inside the church there are two old bells which function is reduced to visual decoration due to damage with time. Right next to the church, there is an old building which used to be the local school for village inhabitants. Now, the building’s condition is deteriorating and its future is uncertain.The Rock of Strength – Cave
The rock, with a special semi-arch shape, is 500-600m long, 200-300m wide and 400m high. There is a cave inside the rock in the form of a large circular amphitheater. The entrance of the cave in the beginning is very large, then it narrows down, and after 10 meters you reach a large space where have been found early signs of residence. The first version of this name is related to the local men strength. The rock was the place where highlanders have raced on rock climbing. The other version, according to old stories, says that on the rock has been a strong fortress in front of which the invaders encountered an invincible stand.Black Cave
The cave is located in Qeresh-Mulaj, at 936 m above sea level, with a magnificent entrance of about 20 x 40 m. There are several galleries, one of which is about 800 meters long. This gallery is considered mature since it does not pass water for centuries and it is safe and very interesting to be visited by tourists. Throughout its length, strong air flows through, which shows that it is even longer and there is an exit at the end. The story of the Black Cave is linked to one of the legends of Mujit and Halili, which says that when gunpowder was invented, Muji entered the cave and never came out of it. Also, the story of this cave is also related to the legend of a girl who had migrated to Kosovo and years later her body was found at its exit. From time to time, wooden objects have been found there, but because of the darkness and numerous legends including dragons, witches and the devil, locals have always stayed away from it.The Cave of Kakverri
This large cave is close to Curraj i Epërm on the Kakia mountains (aprox. 30 min walking distance from Curraj) on the trail from Vrana to Kaki to Shpella e Kakverrit. It begins with a giant karst pit in the shape and size of an Olympic stadium. Researchers claim that this is the only one of its kind across Europe, given its unique structure and size. Along the way you can pick different forest fruits and with a bit of luck they can see black salamanders there.Shoshan Castle
On the left of the Valbona River and over a massive rock, lie the ruins of a stronghold of the Roman period, belonging to the 1-5th century AD, known as Shoshan Castle. The castle ruins are surrounded on three sides by walls, over which three towers were located. On the river side there are no walls, as defense was entrusted to the rock. Shoshan Castle differs from other strongholds of this area for its larger size and its construction over flat terrain. Various pottery found on the eastern side of the castle, show the presence of an open settlement. Shoshan has served during early invasions as a strategic fortified defense base in the valley of Gjakova Highland.Maja e Hekurave
2561 m abovesea level, has a pyramid shape due to the numerous glaciers stretching almost all over it. You should arrange a day to climb the summit from Dragobia village. Maja e Hekurave (Iron Peak) offers majestic views and has become an important summit for climbers. This summit is considered as one of the climbing preparations for Everest summit. According to a legend, some iron materials found in these heights were once anchors belonging to ships that hundreds of years ago sailed into the water that covered this area. They say that even today, in Shpanik Cave, some sea sand and sea shells can be found.Museum of Bajram Curri
The Historic Museum of Bajram Curri is considered among the three best historical museums in Albania. There are 1,300 m² exhibition halls, 50-seat lecture halls and library halls. This museum located in the centre of the city is harmonized with the Bajram Curri monument. It is designed and projected to become a national museum and reflect the historical and cultural values of Northeast Albania and Kosovo*. This museum carries a centuries-old cultural and historical legacy of the Tropoja area, reflected through museum objects, relics, documents and works of art. These exhibits portray the early legacy of the inhabitants in wars and battles for freedom, independence, and for conserving their Albanian national identity.Mic Sokoli Tower
The tower of Mic Sokoli is located in Bujan and belongs to the Albanian hero, Mic Sokoli. Built at the end of the 18th century, this three-store tower is a typical lock-in and battle tower. The tower is made of stone and lime mortar, with an art construction suitable not only for housing but also for protection from combat. Its small windows are characteristic for the towers in the area (Alb. frëngji). The tower’s walls have been hit several times by missiles of foreign invaders, turning it into symbol of resistance against invaders. Mic Sokoli was an Albanian nationalist figure and guerilla fighter, proclaimed People’s Hero of Albania. Active in the uprisings against Ottoman invaders, his braveness in battles has been mentioned in many
traditional Albanian folk songs. Mic Sokoli was born and raised in this tower, giving his life heroically in 1881 during the battle of Shtimje-Slivova, between the troops of the Albanian League of Prizren and the Ottoman army commanded by general Dervish Pasha.
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