In May of 1900 the historian Carl Ludwig Patsch visited Myzeqeja. With the camera he had with him, he wanted to capture different moments in the life of the Albanians in that area.
One of the photos shows musicians playing in the streets, dressed in the characteristic clothes of the time. Another shows the clerics of the monastery of Zvernec, made on the first of May of the 1900. The 17 May, then, Patsch went to Berat, where he took several photos of the city (where the bazaar stands out) of that period.
Carl Ludwig Patsch and his collection
An entire collection is that of Carl Ludwig Patsch, found in the archives by the albanologist Robert Elsie and which brings to light different facets of Albania a century ago.
Carl Ludëig Patsch (1865-1945), historian and archaeologist, was born in Bohemia but grew up in Ukraine. He studied history, geography and classical philology at the University of Prague, where he received a doctorate on Strabo in the 1893.
He taught first in Vienna and, starting with 1893, in Sarajevo, where he was appointed director of the regional museum of Bosnia. In 1904, he founded the Balkanology Institute in Sarajevo, of which he was director until the end of World War I, when the museum closed and he was forced to return to Vienna.
And it was he, in the 1922, who founded the national museum of Tirana under request of the Albanian government. He is known for his books on Illyrians and, in direct connection with Albania, for the book Der Sandschak Berat in Albanien ), Vienna 1904.
The book was the result of his travels in the area of Vlore and Berat in the spring of 1900. Inside there are numerous photographs - not all of high quality - as well as many sketches on ancient artifacts that he found in Albania: Greek and Roman statues, ancient tombs, writings, coins and stone engraving artifacts: of all this, today , nothing has been preserved.