Skanderbeg Statue Tours

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Albania’s greatest national hero is aristocratic military leader Gjergj Kastrioti – universally known as Skanderbeg, or Skënderbej in Albanian. He lived between 1405 and 1468 and managed to create a strong, independent country for 25 years before it was torn apart again by the might of invading Ottoman forces. Throughout the Ottoman occupation of Albania, Skanderbeg became a symbol of national pride and still today he is regarded as the father of the nation. Such is his place in Tirana life that the city’s gently chaotic central square is named after him and dominated by his mighty equestrian statue, which was erected in 1968 on the 500th centenary of his death. In stark contrast to the socialist-realist architecture that surrounds the square, Skanderbeg’s statue is remarkably Byzantine in style. The masterpiece of Albanian sculptor Odhise Paskali, it sits on a stone plinth and is 36 feet (11 meters) high, depicting the much-venerated military leader in full armor and on horseback; the Albanian flag flies alongside.

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Sheshi Skënderbej (Skanderbeg Square). Open to all, no admission charges. Best accessed on foot.
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Address: Sheshi Skënderbej (Skanderbeg Square), Tirana 1000, Albania
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Tirana Sightseeing Walking Tour

With limited time, this 2-hour walking tour will help you get your bearings in Tirana, taking in all the highlights of the Albanian capital. Learn the significance of historic landmarks such as the Skanderbeg’s Monument, the Pyramid, and the National Museum mosaics; learn about Tirana’s communist past as you stroll around the Blloku; and see sights including the Archaeological Museum, the Clock Tower, Ethem Bey Mosque, and the Presidential palace.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$27.84 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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$27.84 USD

Tirana and Kruja Full Day Tour

Explore the medieval town of Kruja and take in the highlights of the Albanian capital on this full-day trip. Visit Kruja Castle, the Museum of George Kastriot Skanderbeg, and the atmospheric Old Bazaar in Kruja; tuck into a delicious Albanian-style lunch at a local restaurant (optional: own expense); and visit landmarks including Skanderbeg Square, the Clock Tower, and Et’hem Bey Mosque in Tirana.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$75.40 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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$75.40 USD

8-Day Tour Through the Natural Beauties and Historical Treasures of the Ionian Coast

Discover natural beauty and historic treasures along the Ionian Coast on this adventurous 8-day tour. Travel by cable car into the Dajti Mountain National Park with a guide and admire Albania’s rugged beauty. Delve into Roman history in Durrës, and visit top attractions including St Mary’s Monastery on Zvërneci Island, Ali Pasha Castle and the Llogara National Park. Visit pretty villages such as Dhërmi and Himara, soak up the sunshine on Livadhi Beach and take a boat tour to Jali Bay. Then, admire UNESCO World Heritage–listed treasures in Butrint.
  • Duration: 9 days
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$881.60 USD
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  • Duration: 9 days
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$881.60 USD

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