From Camping Rino in Kalista to Elbasan

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From Camping Rino in Kalista to Elbasan

There was actually rain on Lake Ohrid, one more reason to explore the area. We wanted to continue the pursue of the roman footsteps along the Via Egnatia and took off from Kalista which is just 8 kilometres away from the border station between Macedonia and Albania on the pass at Quafe Thane.

Via Egnatia through Albania - from Durres to Quafe Thane

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Via Egnatia through Albania - from Durres to Quafe Thane

From Durres, where you should definitely visit the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Amphitheater and the Byzantine walls (to be followed by separate reports), it is only about 50 km to Pequin to the inner part of Albania.

Elbasan - After Romans and Byzantines, Ottomans arrived

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Elbasan - After Romans and Byzantines, Ottomans arrived

Due to the expansion policy of the Ottoman Empire in the 13th and 14th century, the Ottoman Turks also came to Elbasan, no wonder that one finds their marks in today's city architecture.

The ancient Roman Elbasan - once Scampa at Via Egnatia

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The ancient Roman Elbasan - once Scampa at Via Egnatia

The first historically known settlers in the area of Elbasan belonged to the ethnic group of the Illyrians, which in the 2nd century erected first dwellings at the river Shkumbin, at that time called Genusus.

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