Shkodra to be the capital, the proposal of 26 deputies headed by Luigj Gurakuqi and Fan Noli in Parliament in 1924

2024-05-24 20:23:29Histori SHKRUAR NGA REDAKSIA VOX
Fan Noli and Luigj Gurakuqi

26 deputies headed by Luigj Gurakuqi, the leader of the opposition and Bishop Fan Noli, did not want Tirana, but Shkodra as their capital.

This interesting fact comes from the General Directorate of Archives which keeps documents that prove the above, written also in the international media on May 23, 1924, i.e. 100 years ago.

Shkodra had resisted the invaders for a long time, and it had also proved that although they had tried to divide the Albanians due to changes in religious belief, the population of Shkodra had always confessed that the religion of the Albanian was Albanianism and that coexistence and unification had more value.

In this perspective, the idea of ??declaring Shkodra the capital was also articulated in the meetings held by the organizers of the uprising. The condition was that after the victory, it was requested that Shkodra be the capital of the country.

A little history about Shkodra

"An ordinary person, coming from the orthodox city of Manastir, Shkodra seems to be the beginning of Europe" - Ismail Kadare

This multifaceted city has traditionally had a very rich artistic life, and has played a primary role in the country's culture.

Shkodra is the cradle of some of the most important Albanian poets, painters, photographers and artists.

The Marubi National Museum of Photography is one of the most modern and at the same time the oldest museums, for the collection of historical photos, where the first photo taken in Albania stands out. Shkodra is a city of myths and legends, where the Castle tells the legend of Rozafa, which was walled to guarantee the survival of the walls and the city. Also known as the city of bicycles, through pedaling you can treat yourself to some wonderful walks around the largest Lake of the Balkans, the three rivers that meet each other, or even cross the Adriatic coast.

Origin of the name : Skodrin, or the place where the Drini goes, Skutari

Foundation: Between the 5th and 6th century BC

Old traces : Paleolithic (old stone), Neolithic.

It was the capital of the Illyrian kingdom in 181 BC.

Shkodra was the center of the Labaites tribe and during the rule of Ghent it became the capital of the Illyrian state. In 1040 it was conquered by the Serbs and was then the capital of Zeta. During the 14th century, it became an important center of an autonomous municipality with developed institutions and then a center of Balshaj feudal lords.

Shkodra faced two Ottoman sieges in 1474 and 1478-79 and fell into their hands after a heroic defense. It recovered in the 17th century and became the main economic center of Northern Albania and Sanxhak of Shkodra. In the 18th century, it became the center of the pashalak of Shkodra under the rule of the Bushatllians. It reached its greatest economic development in the middle of the XIX century.

Conquered : In 168 by Rome, Slavs, Bulgarians, Venice, Turks, Serbs, Montenegrins, Italians, Germans.

Main facilities: Rozafa Castle, Historical Museum, Marubi Photo Library, etc.