Classical Tour of Albania

Day 7 - Museum in the World Headquarters of Bektashi Liberal Sect of Islam, Tirana


Information on the main members of the sect and some of their belongings


Steps lead down to the museum in the basement. Round the walls are large display panels, all in Albanian, about the order and past members. There are examples of costumes worn by members of the sect.

Museum in the World
                Headquarters of Bektashi Liberal Sect of Islam, Tirana

Museum in the World Headquarters of Bektashi
                Liberal Sect of Islam, Tirana    Museum in the World Headquarters of Bektashi
                Liberal Sect of Islam, Tirana

Small display cabinets have personal objects from some of the leaders of the sect, with brief descriptions in Albanian and English.

Museum in the World Headquarters of Bektashi
              Liberal Sect of Islam, Tirana

Museum in the World Headquarters of Bektashi
              Liberal Sect of Islam, Tirana

Museum in the World Headquarters of Bektashi
              Liberal Sect of Islam, Tirana

Museum in the World Headquarters of Bektashi
              Liberal Sect of Islam, Tirana

At the far end is a reconstruction of the room in the masjid where special guests would be served coffee by the Dervishes.
 
Museum in the World Headquarters of Bektashi
              Liberal Sect of Islam, Tirana

There are paddles used for the preparation of Ashura, the special sweet made from wheat, legumes, corn figs, grapes walnuts, honey and cinnamon which is eaten to break the fast on the tenth day of mourning after a death. Behind them are examples of the different felt hats worn by the sect.
 
Museum in the World Headquarters of Bektashi
              Liberal Sect of Islam, Tirana

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