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From a byzantine temple, this is the very old mosque of Kruja. This city, perhaps one of the most beautiful places in Albania, and is laid waste by the Sultan's troops and renamed Aksahissar, The White Fort. The earthquake of 1617 caused the cracking and collapse of many hill structures, including the citadel, but in 1832, on the Sultan's orders, the Albanian feudal castles were made useless for defence and a centralised bureaucratic government replaced - at least in intention - the former feudal semi-autonomy of such mountain regions as Kruja. Half-hearted attempts were made by the Turks to rebuild sections of the castle, after they tightened their grip on the countryside, for they realised that sudden Balkan uprisings could overwhelm their government, and a defenceless castle is a doubtful asset to a ruling class.

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