"Shkodr/Scutari" Top 5 Page for this destination Shkoder by JLBG

Shkoder Travel Guide: 144 reviews and 297 photos

Shkodr, a city of 90,000 inhabitants stands at the northern end of Albania, on Liqeni I Shkodres (Lake Skadar or Shkodra Lake), 116 km from Tiran?, 15 km from the Montenegrin border and 27 km from Ulcinj/Ulqin, as the crow flies.

The name of the city is Shkodr in Albanian, Scutari in Italian. The names Shkoder and Shkodra are also found. The name of the city is supposedly derived from Latin scutarii. literally "shieldmakers," referring to a Roman legion created by Constantine.

It is considered as one of the oldest cities in Europe. In 500 BC an Illyrian fortress was already guarding the crossing west of the city where the Buna and Drin rivers meet. It was the capital of legendary Queen Teuta. The Roman took Shkodr in 168 BC and developed it as a strategic place on a main communication axis along the Eastern Adriatic coast. It was later taken by the Serbs who made it a major trading center of the medieval kingdom of Zeta. In 1396, it was the turn of the Venetian to take the city that was soon attacked by the Turks. After several seats, the Turks took the city in 1479 and the city was devastated. It was not until the 17th century that it regained some importance. It became the economic center of northern Albania and the leading city of the Gheg cultural region (see my Albania page, to come).

I was lucky to visit Albania from North to South in 1988 and in 2005 had a day trip to Shkodr.
This page is built both with 1988 and 2005 photos and I have tried to show how the city has at the same time changed and remained the same between these two dates.

  • Last visit to Shkoder: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Jean-Louis, interesting page about Shkoder. We might visit the city on a sidetrip for a few days during our upcoming trip through Montenegro.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2010 at 5:29 AM

    Thank you Scutariredi for this interesting link!

  • pure1942's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Great page and pics! Looking forward to seeing some of the locations in your tips myself in two weeks time. Thanks for all the great info on Shkoder. Brian

  • Apr 2, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    whos the owner of this hotel now?

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2006 at 3:08 AM

    Nice country but the roads don't seem too good. Don't think we could get to Rozafa Castle in our small car. Interesting legend of the castle.

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2006 at 7:38 AM

    Tes pages sont toujours trs riches! L'Albanie est vraiment surprenante. Es-tu un bird-watcher? Moi aussi, a me passionnait quand j'tais plus petit; maintenant je prfre les muses.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2006 at 5:54 AM

    Interesting page. Great you show us pictures made in 1988 and 2005.... interesting comparision !

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2006 at 12:03 AM

    Albania in 1988 must have been an exotic place, since they even recycled old motorcars to make horse drawn carts. Interesting comparisons of your two visits. Nice story of the "restorant" in the castle.

  • Feb 14, 2006 at 12:21 PM

    Great page. Yes there is much more to see in Shkoder!


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