Portuguese media: Albania, a place where ethnicity and language transcend territory
The capital of Tirana is the first point for a walk through the turbulent and interesting history of Albania. The country has 2,8 million inhabitants distributed between a beautiful mountainous region, in the interior, and fertile plains with beautiful beaches, on the shores of the Adriatic and Ionian seas, writes Aidir Parici in a text published in the Portuguese daily "GAZ", Telegrafi reports.
It is important to remember that there are also six million Albanians outside the homeland, in addition to their descendants. They immigrated to Western Europe after the Turkish invasion of the Ottomans in the 16th century.
On the facade of the National History Museum there is a large mosaic, which gives a picture of Albanian history. Inhabited by Illyrian tribes in ancient times (the Albanian language comes from the Illyrians, which is considered older than Latin), Albania was conquered by the troops of Alexander the Great, colonized by the Greeks, occupied by the Romans. The republic, occupied by Byzantium, had regions included in the Republic of Venice, four centuries of the Ottoman Empire (until 1912), Fascist and Nazi occupation during World War II, and conflicts from its Balkan neighbors. After 1945, the People's Socialist Republic of Albania was created, while in 1991, the fall of communism allowed the formation of the current Republic of Albania.