Skenduli House
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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Jane P
Beverley, UK3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
This is well worth a visit. The house was built in 1700 and has changed very little since, it provides a good insight into life at this time and has some surprising modern features for its time - running water and long drop toilets. The rooms have painted frescoes, wooden carved doors, many windows with good views over the city and there is a vaulted cellar.
Written September 21, 2022
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Rebecca K
14 contributions
Oct 2021
This was a wonderful experience. The house is beautifully preserved, and the guide gave us terrific historical information about the local culture and the family. She was actually a member of the Skenduli family herself! I liked it so much that the next day I came back with some other people to take the tour again and ask more questions!
Written October 5, 2021
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,444 contributions
Jun 2022
A family member guided us, pride showing throughout the tour. Construction began in the late 17th c. The house has three floors. The first floor was for supplies and animals. The second floor was the winter residence. The third floor was the summer residence. The uses of the rooms were explained, be it to dine, sleep or entertain. The most elaborate room was where members of the family were wed. Photographs were not allowed inside rooms. The views down the valley were very nice. If you want some numbers, the house has 64 windows, 44 doors, 12 rooms, 9 fireplaces, 6 bathrooms and 4 hammans, It is located near the Ethnographic Museum, a bit ironic in that for a period under communist rule the house was used in that capacity. The house again is in private hands.
Written June 26, 2022
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robin p
London, UK94 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Fascinating house excellent guide. Definitely worth a visit. It is an original house several centuries old and lived in by the same family for generations. The guide is a member of the family. During the communist era the government confiscated the house and used it as an Ethnographic museum. After the overthrow of the government it was returned to the family.
Written April 26, 2022
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70ava
Beijing, China956 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
It is an intriguing place, with many things you do not notice if you visit on your own. Do wait for one of the family members to show you around, since it makes a big difference. The architecture and the planning that went into this early 18th century house is amazing.
Written October 30, 2022
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Film G
New England914 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The tour takes about 20 minutes. Led by a family member (good English) you get the history of the house, how people lived and the history of the area and Albania. Many steps. Lek200 entrance. No toilets. Worthwhile.
Written August 10, 2021
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michalY4256BG
3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
The most worthy 2 euros spent in Gjirokaster! Such a gem that should definitely be included in UNESCO. You get a guided tour through the entire house that looks like a maze and hides plenty of rooms, hammams, unique cistern for water and very interesting family history. The house is still owned and maintained by the family so our guide was actually grandson of the last member of the family who lived in the house in the old times. Enriching experience!
Written August 23, 2021
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sleepybexhill
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK1,516 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
It’s a fascinating old house with plenty of history. We were fortunate to be shown around by someone who spoke very good English. You cannot wander freely, but we found we had enough time for our needs.
Written September 21, 2021
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_steph91986
Roseville, CA301 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
- stopped by and it was closed. As we were walking away, an older man asked if we wanted to visit and that he was the owner. He walked back and opened the house for us which was so nice. Turns out he is the 9th generation Skenduli. He gave us a private tour of the house. You can tell how much the house and the history means to him an his family. Was a very special experience to get the tour from him!
Written June 9, 2022
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,618 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
What a lovely place, and so well preserved.
We were with a tour group and had a house guide. Don't know if you get the dame label of information if you just take yourself around - didn't see any information leaflets.

Who knew they had "flushing" toilets that took the waste away to the river

All worth a visit
Written October 2, 2022
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