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The Tumuli Burials of Kamenica

The Tumuli Burials of Kamenica are located in the southern part of Korça, along the national road linking Korça with Erseka. This is one of the most important monuments, representative of Albanian prehistory. Visiting the site, you will have the chance to be acquainted with prehistoric community life from the 13th - 6th centuries BCE. 
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The Peqini Castle

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.
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The Church of Saint Nicolas in Shelcan

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.
 
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Roman Road Station of Ad Quintium

Roman Road Station of Ad Quintium is located close to Bradashesh village, in the vicinity of the modern city of Elbasan. Based on the construction techniques used, the site has been dated back to the 2nd - 4th centuries CE. Excavations are ongoing.
 
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The Monastery of Saint John Vladimir

The Monastery of Saint John Vladimir (Shën Gjon Vladimiri) in Shijon is located only 4 km away from Elbasan. It was built in 1381 CE by the Albanian prince, Karl Topia, who brought the remains of Saint John Vladimir. Saint John Vladimir was the Duke of Krajina (Montenegro). He was declared a Saint and is well known in the Balkan Peninsula. A large pilgrimage was organized in his honor at this monastery until 1967 CE, when the communist regime forcibly closed religious institutions all over the country. Nowadays this pilgrimage is organized every 3-4 June.

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Bashtova Castle

Bashtova Castle is situated close to the village of Bashtova, about 3-4 km north of the Shkumbini River estuary. The castle was built in the 15th century CE and was used by the Venetians. In the past, the Bashtova region was known as a harbor on the Shkumbini River and as a center for the export of cereal grains. The castle has a rectangular shape, 60 x 90 meters, with 9 meter high walls. The western part of the castle was rebuilt in the 18th century CE.

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Preza Castle

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Kapllan Pasha’s Tomb

Kapllan Pasha’s Tomb is located on “28 Nëntori” street in Tirana. It is part of a monumental cemetery complex of the first Tirana Mosque, which was destroyed during the Second World War. The complex included six other monumental graves of the same type, but with varying dimensions. The only tomb remaining today is that of Kapllan Pasha, a former ruler of Tirana. The tomb has an octagonal shape reaching 4 meters high. Kapllan Pasha’s remains were later exhumed and reburied in Istanbul.

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The Tunners Bridge

The Tunners Bridge (Ura e Tabakëve) is a small stone bridge, 7.5 meters high, located on “Jeanne d’Arc” Boulevard in Tirana. It was also called “Saint George’s Bridge.” Today it is a restored monument. It was build up in the first half of XIX Century . 
In the district of Tirana you may also visit the Ethnographic Museum in the town of Kavaja , the Kubelie Mosque and Clock Tower in Kavaja  ,the church of Ceta in the village of Zig- Xhafaj etc.

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The Përsqop Fortress

The Përsqop Fortress is located south of Tirana, near Petrela Castle. The inhabitants of Petrela Castle once used this fortress perched atop the Vila Mountain. The Illyrians constructed the basic structure and then eventually the Romans expanded it. Remnants of an aqueduct are still visible to the northeast of the fortification. 

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