The well-known British newspaper The Telegraph has dedicated an article entitled 'Albania: why it is time to put the ancient country on your holiday wish list' in which it explains, precisely, why Albania must be visited strictly by a cultural and historical point of view.
This ancient country on your holiday wish-list
The Telegraph article starts fromDurres amphitheater and from the city itself, which is exactly what you would expect with many container ships and ferries crowding the port and ready to cross theAdriatic towards Ancona and Bari. The traffic fills the narrow streets of the city as tourists fill the hotels since the country shook off the communist dictatorship in 1992.
Attention then returns to the city amphitheater, which reveals years and years of history: from the Roman Empire - it was built, in fact, under the reign of Emperor Trajan - in the Ottoman era of the fifteenth century through the Byzantine era , when the theater was used as a church.
And all this is only part of the story of a city founded by the Greek colonists in 627 AC, a moment that is remembered by the statues and ceramic fragments of the archaeological museum. Many characteristic elements that make Albania a unique destination to visit, as confirmed by The Telegraph:
"No previous experience of ours can be compared to Albania, a country that, we are realizing, has a complicated and glorious past" - writes the British journalist.
The attention of the newspaper focuses mainly on the Illyrian tradition of the country, which in addition to Durres, has in the city of Alessio - 70 km north of the coastal city - a symbol of the Illyrian kingdom, including the remains of the ancient city of Lissos founded in 385 AC To Alexis, what was once an Illyrian temple and later the St. Nicholas Cathedral, today it is a mausoleum dedicated to the national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg.
The article ends with the capital Tirana - an increasingly vibrant city with new bars that light up its trendy neighborhood, the 'Blloku'- and his personal Illyrian tradition, strongly present in the national historical museum. Here many objects, such as helmets, shields and armor, bring to mind the Illyrian period of the country. The journey then ends in the ancient city of Bylis, where it is possible to spy on the scenery of centuries and centuries ago and the Illyrian and Roman tradition intertwine.
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