Classical Tour of Albania
A fascinating museum in an C18th house
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.
In the porch is a hand worked quern, equipment for making leather and a machine used to crush wheat.
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.
This room had a small shelter for the sheep in one corner with accommodation for the shepherd above.
Another room contained a large oil crush which would have been worked by a donkey, and a press to extract the oil.
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.
The menís room had a fireplace and examples of weapons and musical instruments were hanging on the walls.
Next to it is a small hammam with the family room beyond, which has a small handloom.
The balcony looking down on this was used by the children.
As well as being used for cooking, the kitchen was where the grandparents slept close to the fire on low mattresses.
The last room was originally a bedroom, but now contains displays of clothes as well as a 140 year old painted dowry chest.
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