Classical Tour of Albania

Page 8 - Ethnographic Museum, Kruje Castle


A fascinating museum in an C18th house


The museum is in a lovely old  house built in 1764 which belonged to one of the wealthy families living within the castle. Fortunately it escaped demolition when the Skanderbeg Museum was built. It is set in a walled courtyard with two gateways.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

 Ethnographic Museum,
                Kruje

It is a typical Ottoman style house with storage rooms on the ground floor with the living quarters above. Again we had a local guide taking us round. Most of the items are original.
 
Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

In the porch is a hand worked quern, equipment for making leather and a machine used to crush wheat.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

One of the rooms contained a forge. Another is set up with a still used for making raki. Another has a small water driven mill to grind flour.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje   Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

There was a display on making the traditional felt hats as well as a machine for washing the felt.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

This room had a small shelter for the sheep in one corner with accommodation for the shepherd above.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Another room contained a large oil crush which would have been worked by a donkey, and a press to extract the oil.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Upstairs were the living quarters, with rooms off a large central hallway. Doorways are low so people had to bow to enter or leave the room, thus showing respect. There are display cases on the landing area with wedding clothes of both bride and groom.

Men and women were segregated. The womenís room also doubled up as the wedding room. It has a painted frieze running round the top of he walls and stained glass windows.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

The menís room had a fireplace and examples of weapons and musical instruments were hanging on the walls.
 
Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje  Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Above the doorway is a gallery where the women could sit and watch to see when the men wanted anything to eat or drink. As marriages were arranged this was often the first view a girl would have of her future husband.
 
Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Next to it is a small hammam with the family room beyond, which has a small handloom.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

The balcony looking down on this was used by the children.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

As well as being used for cooking, the kitchen was where the grandparents slept close to the fire on low mattresses.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

The last room was originally a bedroom, but now contains displays of clothes as well as a 140 year old painted dowry chest.

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

Ethnographic Museum, Kruje

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