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Skenduli House

266 Reviews

Skenduli House

266 Reviews
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Bënja Thermal Baths (Përmet) & Gjirokastër Fortress Tour

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We shall drive over the mountains to the scenic Drinos valley to see Gjirokastra, the austere stone city perched on the Wide Mountain. One of the most famous mediaeval towns of the region the city dates back to the 3rd century BC. We shall visit the mighty fortress, the old Bazaar and the 300 years old Skenduli house as one of the best representatives of the original architecture of Gjirokastra. We shall visit Benja thermal baths..A stone bridge arcs over a winding stretch of brilliantly blue-green water. Built-in the Middle Ages, it has been letting people cross the sulfur-rich river since the days of the Ottoman Empire. Warm water rushes beneath it, providing a relaxing treat for those who visit. Near the bridge, you’ll find the the Benja Thermal Baths, born from the geothermal waters near Përmet, Albania. The heated water flows down the river unless it gets diverted into one of the several human-made pools. They’re a splendid spot for a hot soak on a crisp, cool day.
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Mauibeth wrote a review Nov 2019
Kihei, Hawaii304 contributions95 helpful votes
This house is architecturally quite lovely and representative of its era. The furnishings and household items on display give a clear sense of what life was like at the time. Definitely worth a visit.
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Date of experience: November 2019
Pharon L wrote a review Nov 2019
San Jose, California172 contributions75 helpful votes
We took a great guided tour of this wealthy families home from 100-200 years ago (I forget the actual age). What a different way of life! The home is not occupied now.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Perpetual Motion wrote a review Nov 2019
Florida478 contributions209 helpful votes
Beautiful if a bit rundown. Nevertheless it is well worth a visit to see what the interior of a period Ottoman mansion is like. Entrance is 200 Lek which helps with the renovation. I think that because we were the only visitors the lady who issues tickets gave us a tour and gave us a very interesting history of the house. Well worth the time....about 30 min.
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Date of experience: November 2019
jillmkp wrote a review Oct 2019
Brighton, United Kingdom340 contributions123 helpful votes
Great guided tour of this interesting noble house by a member of the Skenduli family. A real insight into 18 century Albanian life
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Date of experience: October 2019
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liverpool1023 wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom688 contributions16,635 helpful votes
After our modest 200 LEK entrance our guide enthusiastically showed us this house. Unfortunately no English was spoken and we had to keep up with a rapid machine gun French. This is An absolute must see and it’s worthwhile reading up before your visit as the design of this house has some novel and ingenious elements. An example being the use of chestnut wood in the stone walls to act as sock absorbers during earthquakes. A rare and very impressive piece of ottoman architecture and worthy of its UNESCO protection.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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