Shirgj Church is a ruined church located on the Buna River in the village of Shirgj (Shirq), Shkodër, Albania. It is a former Benedictine church which was built on top of a 6th century Byzantine basilica dating from emperor Justinian I. The current church was built by Serbian Queen Helen of Anjou in 1290 AD.
This late-19th-century stone-and-shingle church looks incredible in silhouette against the mountains that surround it, topped as it is with a rustic wooden cross. The church was used as the village hospital during the communist era, meaning that most locals over 25 were born in the quaint structure. It is open only when the priest is in town – normally on Sundays.
One of the most fascinating historical and naturally spectacular destinations, located in the north of the country, is Sarda, or present-day, Shurdhah Island. Along Drin River, the longest one in the country, and approximately 15 km from Vau i Dejës, you will come across the mysterious city-island of Sarda, present-day Shurdhah. The construction of the Vau i Dejës hydropower plant here created an artificial lake that, in turn, encircled the hill on which the ruins of the medieval […]