Located about 20 mi/32 km north of Tirana, Kruja, Albania, is a town of about 30,000 people hanging off the side of a mountain 2,000 ft/620 m above sea level.
Kruja was headquarters for Skanderbeg, the chieftain who became Albania's 15th-century hero in the fight against the Ottomans.
His fortress sat on a steep promontory backed by a near-vertical mountainside. Today, the 1980s Skanderbeg Museum sits high within the remains of the centuries-old citadel walls. Modeled on a medieval castle, the museum is still looking handsome. It was designed by Communist leader Enver Hoxha's daughter, Pranvera, who is an architect who lives in Tirana.
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