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Albania invites visitors to return to cultural heritage sites

The COVID-19 pandemic drastically decreased the number of visitors in archeological and cultural heritage sites in Albania.

Although visits to museums, archeological parks and forts did not completely stop last year. They were visited by 62,627 visitors, says Albania’s Minister of Culture, Elva Margariti.

As a result, these sites had revenues in the amount of about 100,000 euro.

“Although a difficult year, we did not stop working on promoting our cultural heritage. The figures, although lower than a year ago, show that Albanians love beauty and cultural heritage. This is thanks to the policies for the promotion of local tourism,” Margariti writes on her official Facebook page.

She invites tourists to visit the numerous fortresses Albania has.

The Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) says that between 2014-2018, the number of visitors of archeological parks, museums, castles and other monuments has been approximately 3 million. This is an increase of 49.4 percent for 2018.

During 2018, the number of visitors had the highest average annual growth of 53.4 percent.

According to the statistics, in 2018, 377,835 visitors went to archeological parks, 303,963 to museums, and 308,656 to fortresses and other cultural monuments.

Albania has 6 archeological museums, 10 ethnographic museums, 21 historical museums, 7 art museums, 6 collection museums, as well as 3 cult museums.

Museums online

In March, the Ministry of Culture launched a dedicated web page that offers virtual tours of Albanian museums.

Museums in Berat, Durres, Fier, Gjirokastra, Korca, Kruja, Saranda, Shkodra, Tirana, Vlora and Voskopoja are online.

The 3D virtual tours offer lots of information about the museums. They also have a virtual map and a gallery for the curious ones. By choosing the museum you want to visit through the information page, you are directed to numerous museums spread all across Albania. All you have to do is hover your mouse over the different spots.

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