Located at the Shkumbini River, where it crosses the famous Egnatia Road, the city of Elbasani – ancient Scampini – is just 50 km away from Tirana. In ancient times, Scampini was a typical Roman fortification, but in the 4th century it received a new administrative status and, with its new name Hiscampis, it became one of the major cities of the new Epirus, home of the area’s only Roman legion.According to the historian Tit Livi, King Pyrrhus of Epirus was the first to teach others how to construct a camp, which is why the city’s fortification is in the form of a square.
In Elbasan you may also visit the Ethnographic Museum of Elbasan, the Peqini Castle (15th century CE). The church of Good Friday in Valesh (Kisha e Shen e Premtes) is found in the village of Valesh in the region of Shpati. In this church there are works of the Onufri the famous Albanian painter of XVI Century.
The Church of Saint Nicolas in Shelcan (Kisha e Shën Nikollës) is located in the village of Shelcan in the district of Shpati, southeast of Elbasan. Inside the church there are valuable frescoes painted by Onufri, a famous Albanian painter from the 16th century CE.