The art of photography in Albania begins about the middle of the 19-th century, with a first studio opened in 1858 by Pjeter Marubi in Shkodra-at that time one of the most important cities of Albania.
Pjeter Marubi (1834-1903) was a real master of photography. Unlike many other studios, which were set up later in Albania, Marubi’s studio was a laboratory of artistic photography from its initial steps.
Located behind the Rozafa Castle, the Lead Mosque was built in 1773 CE by Mehmet Pasha Bushati and is one of the most prominent cultural and religious monuments in the city of Shkodra. Of particular significance is its architectural similarity to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. This stands it apart from other mosques in Albania, which were designed and built based on typical Arabic architectural styles.
Sarda is a very picturesque location, surrounded by 24.7 hectares of fresh, blue waters. The ruins of a castle dating back to the 6th- 8th centuries BCE are also on the island which can be found in the artificial lake of Vau i Dejës, 35 km away from Shkodra. But the island’s main attraction is the residence of the Dukagjini family, one of the most important Albanian feudal families in the 11th century. Among the remains are the defensive walls, church ruins and the gate to the Dukagjini palace.
The Plain of Shtoj is situated about 5 km to the northeast of the city of Shkodra, in the vicinity of the villages of Boks and Dragoc, on the western side of the Kir River. The excavated tumuli, or burial mounds, appear to have been used for centuries, from the early Bronze Age until the late Iron Age. Most of the unearthed features of these tumuli are artifacts of the Iron Age, specifically from the 7th - 5th centuries BCE.
Lake of Shkodra is located along Albania and Montenegro’s shared border. The beautiful shore consists of marshes in the north and rocky shores in the south, with two notable beaches located at Shiroka and Zogaj. The southern part of the lake is called “the hither coast,” while the northern part is called “waterfront.” There are several villages nearby which are attractive to tourists, such as Kosani, Flaka, Kamnica, Jubica and Kalldrun. The lake is home to a tremendous variety of living creatures, including 45 species of fish and 281 species of birds.
The northern beach of the country is the one of Velipoja, situated 22 km away from Shkodra. Velipoja beach has a length of 4 km with a high quality of sand. There are 250 sunny days and above 20 degree C days normally starting by mid of May. The beach is suitable for family vacations and in general is populated from the people of Albanian north areas. Near to Velipoja's beach is situated the lagoon of Viluni at a surface of 130 ha. This is a very important natural eco -system hosting a number of varieties of sea birds.
The most important monument to visit in Shkodra is the Rozafa Castle, which rises from a rocky hill to the west of Shkodra. The waters of three rivers, Buna, Drini and Kiri, surround it. Rozafa is one of the major castles in Albania and the most important tourist attraction in Shkodra. The castle dates back to the Illyrians, when the Latin historian Titus Livius named it “the stronghold of the Labeates,” an Illyrian tribe on the shores of Shkodra Lake . The Illyrian queen, Teuta, used it as a base in the war against Rome.
The small alluvial island of Franz Joseph is located at the outfall of river Buna on the border between Albania and Montenegro . It can changes to peninsula, depending what river can bring with it. This is a natural object of a great importance for the vegetation and sea birds that are found in this area. The vegetation is typically one of groves with dominations of poplars and other leaf trees. Seagulls dominate the sea birds in this area. Franc Joseph is recommended for people that love nature and prefer relaxing away from the civilization sounds.
National Park of Thethi is situated in the Albanian Alps near Bjeshkët e Namuna (the Cursed Mountains). It is 3,300 ha large and through it flows the beautiful Thethi River. A magnificent place to visit is the waterfall at Grunas. Significant wildlife populates this park, as well; a large community of lynx call home this tranquil area.