Skenduli House

Skenduli House, Gjirokaster: Address, Phone Number, Skenduli House Reviews: 4.5/5

Skenduli House
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If you really want to know the best model of local architecture in 19th century, a visit to Skenduli house is a must. Everything is totally original and is the most authentic building in Gjirokastra. This is the best preserved house in old city of Gjirokastra, more than 300 years old (built in 1823). The owner of the house, Nasip Skenduli, a descendant of the family that originally build the house, is an amazing story teller. He will explain you everything about the house and the preserving process in years. It used to be the original Ethnographic museum during communist time, but now the owners have their house back and keep it open for visitors. What makes this house so special? Its structure shows that this has been the richest houses in Gjirokastra, because it had 9 fireplaces, (more fireplaces more richer the family was); 6 bathrooms, 12 rooms, 44 doors, 64 windows, and 4 hamam (turkish bath). Many rooms are preserved in their original shape and this is amazing.
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Oleksii
Dnipro, Ukraine4 contributions
Accurate facts about 300 years home by ancestor.
Jun 2021 • Family
There was a dive into history of the house. We were led by all house rooms and given details of its usage. All our questions were answered.
Written June 15, 2021
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Mauibeth
Kihei, Hawaii302 contributions
Beautiful House with Authentic HIstoric Displays
Nov 2019
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.
Written November 25, 2019
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Pharon L
San Jose, CA172 contributions
So this is how the rich people lived
Oct 2019
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.
Written November 14, 2019
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Perpetual Motion
Florida480 contributions
Interesting
Nov 2019 • Couples
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.
Written November 1, 2019
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jillmkp
Brighton, UK340 contributions
Interesting
Oct 2019
Great guided tour of this interesting noble house by a member of the Skenduli family. A real insight into 18 century Albanian life
Written October 29, 2019
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liverpool1023
London, UK690 contributions
Uniquely fascinating
Oct 2019 • Couples
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.

Written October 15, 2019
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cookpias
Los Angeles, CA1,695 contributions
This is why the city is UNESCO cited
Oct 2019 • Couples
The fortified horses of the Ottoman Era are the reason UNESCO designated Gjirokaster. This house dates from 1700's and survived on great condition because it was a museum on the Communist era. The original family of 9 generations now maintains it.
Written October 4, 2019
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Dakles
Southampton, UK1,311 contributions
Traditional Ottoman house
Sep 2019
The house is located about half way up the hill in the centre of Gjirokaster, just behind the old bazaar. It’s 200 Lek to enter and you have the option of either wandering on your own or having a guided tour by a young lady of the family. We opted for the latter and were pleased that we did. The young lady’s father was born in the house and lived there for 33 years until the property was confiscated by the communists so she is able to provide a wealth of accurate and interesting information on just how the house operated. The property is on 3 levels with many rooms to view although and the principal rooms on the top floor have some lovely detailing although there are areas requiring some serious maintenance.
Written September 25, 2019
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MaDa06
New Orleans, LA20 contributions
Wonderful house tour
Aug 2019
Of the two houses we visited, this was by far the best. Absolutely take the tour. The tour guide was very informative and helped us to comprehend what we were seeing.
Written September 17, 2019
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Aulona
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
Must visit
Aug 2019
The house is well kept and can still see items from the times where the Hixha family used to live here, this is a great demonstration of the Ottoman influence in Albania.
Written September 11, 2019
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