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We were overwhelmed by the modern paintings in this church along the side walls. The first on the left, of Franciscan brothers taking away guns from those who had inflicted violence against the community and against the church during 20th century struggles. Then in a...More
You do not need a guide but I would recommend that people visit the museum shop and exhibition. The story of the martyrrs and then the return to prayers when Muslims and Christians supported each other is inspiring. The story of Cardinal Simone is a...More
After learning that it was converted to a mosque during the rule of the Ottoman Regime and then into a Sports Arena under the Communist Regime, and then back to being a Catholic Cathedral, I included it in my List of Top 10 places that...More
A cathedral that is not so prominent with its splendor and rich attributes as its history. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Stephen. During the time of Communist dictator E. Hodza, who forbade the country's religion by declaring that Albania was the only valley of...More
"St Stephen's Catholic Cathedral" with its landmark bell tower dominating the Square skyline is situated next to .Pajaca/Rruga Kole Indromeno street, the main pedestrian street of Shkoder. In 1967 during the Communist regime this Cathedral was transformed into a "Palace of Sports" and was again...More
After bad times for the church under Communist rule it was reconsecrated in 1991. The church tower was demolished in 1968 and rebuilt in 1999. Don't miss the photographs near the altar of executed Albanian Catholics. Very fine wooden ceiling.
Saint Stephen Church is the only one building left standing from the 13th century Shkodra.Called the Saint Stephen Cathedral Church,the city's protective saint in the Middle Ages,this church was important to the mediaeval city's history also because on 25 April,on a yearly basis,the urban population...More
I visited this in June 2017,taking a nice walk from our hotel and when I got here, I was literally the only person in the entire place except for the museum attendant/cashier. I paid a very small fee (I don't remember exactly but like everywhere...More