Tracing Cross-Currents in Albanian Antiquities
Carved wood Orthodox iconostasis, Berat

Tracing Cross-Currents in Albanian Antiquities

In our post about Albanian history (click here to read), we noted all the cross-currents of culture affecting the country – from its Illyrian origins, through Greek and Roman control, the influence of Byzantine and…

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Albania Today: Beauty and the Beast
Albanian couple

Albania Today: Beauty and the Beast

So many people we meet, interested in going to Albania, are both curious and somewhat fearful about it. They imagine a third world country or extreme deprivation or some such horror because of Albania’s 40…

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Albania: Middle kingdom, dark descent
Honoring Partisan resister, Durres

Albania: Middle kingdom, dark descent

Albania’s history can read like a tale out of Tolkien’s Ring trilogy. It starts before the 4th century BC with the sophisticated tribes loosely known as the Illyrians. The land since then has been at…

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