HOUSE SKËNDULAJ (SHTËPIA E SKENDULATËVE)

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You will easily find it in the lower part of the old town, just before the Ethnographic Museum. Built between the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century, then modified in 1827, this traditional house with 64 windows was inhabited by the same family until its transformation into an ethnographic museum between 1984 and 1992. It has since been occupied again by its former owners. The facade differs from the traditional houses of Gjirokastra: hazelnut side beams placed in the walls to reinforce the structure in case of earthquake, a window and a slot in the corner to supply and check the level of the water tank. The 130,000-litre water tank not only met the water needs of the residents, but also provided freshness to the food supply in the room next door. On the ground floor is the vaulted stone cellar, then above it is the kitchen, also vaulted, this structure giving more solidity to the whole building. This house surprises by its elements of comfort, very modern for the XIXth c. with nine fireplaces and, above all, its six toilets (a real luxury still today in Albania!). Some rooms even have, hidden in galleries (mafil) and cupboards (musandra) a small hamam and storage space for sheets and blankets. The covered balcony (couch) which offers a beautiful view of the city communicates with all the rooms upstairs. The guest room (oda e miqve), the largest room in the house, has 15 windows, some with stained-glass pellets. Formerly used for engagement ceremonies, it is charged with nuptial symbols: two wooden ceilings carved in the shape of roses (usually only one) to represent the union of two families, and, on the fireplace, which has kept its original decoration, frescoes illustrating pomegranates and pomegranate flowers, reputed in the region to bring good luck to the children to come, as well as candles and candleholders to bring prosperity to the whole new family. The storage gallery has been closed by a bay window (originally a wooden openwork grille) since the house was turned into a museum. Finally, in the kitchen: all the utensils, such as the coffee roasting machine, were used until the 2000s by the owners

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HOUSE SKËNDULAJ (SHTËPIA E SKENDULATËVE)

Rruga Sokaku i te Mareve
  Gjirokastra (Gjirokastër)
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General note: 4.8/5
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Visited in october 2019
Une plongée dans des époques révolues
Cette demeure donne une très bonne idée de que fut la vie dans ces demeures aux siècles passés.
Mais la visite serait complètement inutile si elle n'était pas accompagnées des explications données par un personnel compétent et passionné.
Notice filed on 02/03/2020 
4/5
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Visited in may 2018
Tres belle maison avec visite en francais. 2€ l'entrée mais cela permet au propriétaire de la restaurer. visite impossible pour des groupes car les normes de sécurité ne sont pas respecté
Notice filed on 06/04/2018 
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Visited in june 2017
S’il ne fallait visiter qu’une seule maison-musée, la plus intéressante est certainement la Maison Skandouli ! D’abord, elle est authentique. Ensuite, elle est très belle et très ancienne. Elle est habitée et a gardé son âme. Enfin, la visite est guidée par le propriétaire, Monsieur Skandouli qui la commente en Français (ou en Grec ou Italien) pour l’anglais ce sont ses enfants. Sa famille occupe la maison depuis 9 générations. Il en a été chassé au temps du communisme. En 1989, on y a installé le Musée Ethnographique, en 1993, la famille y est retournée ? Je l’écoute avec ravissement parce qu’il raconte vraiment très bien.
Notice filed on 07/25/2017 
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Visited in june 2017
Appelée localement Maison Skendulli, elle appartient à une vieille famille d'aristocrates locaux. Confisquée sous Enver Hoxha pour devenir le musée ethnographique, elle a été rendue à ses anciens propriétaires et le monsieur qui vous guide est l'actuel propriétaire. Il vous fera une visite très intéressante en Français et avec humour. La maison est magnifique et meublée comme si elle était toujours habitée. Entrée 200 leks
Notice filed on 06/09/2017 
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Visited in may 2016
Si vous avez la chance de visiter avec le propriétaire ,le plus c'est qu'il parle français et qu'il met vraiment du cœur à vous faire découvrir cette maison qui est dans sa famille depuis 9 générations Le prix est modique 200 lekes
Notice filed on 11/28/2016 
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Visited in august 2016
Très belle maison traditionnelle à ne pas manquer si vous êtes de passage à Gjirokastër. La salle des mariés est magnifique.
Notice filed on 10/02/2016 

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