Kruje (Definite Albanian form: Kruja) is a town in north central Albania and the capital of the municipality and the Kruje District. It has a population of about 15,900. Located between Mount Kruje and the Ishem River, the city is only 20 km from the capital of Albania, Tirana.
Inhabited by the Illyrian tribe of the Albani, in 1190 Kruje became the capital of the first autonomous Albanian state in the middle ages, the Principality of Arber. Later it was the capital of the Kingdom of Albania, and in the 15th century it became the capital of the Principality of Kastrioti under Gjon Kastrioti, father of the national hero of the Albanians Skanderbeg. In the early 15th century Kruje was conquered by the Ottoman Empire, but then recaptured in 1443 by Skanderbeg, leader of the League of Lezhe, who successfully defended it against three Ottoman sieges until his death in 1468.
The Ottomans took control of the town after the fourth siege in 1478, and incorporated it in their territories. A 1906 local revolt against the Ottoman Empire was followed by the 1912 Declaration of Independence of Albania. In the mid-1910s Kruje was one of the battlefield of the conflict between the short-lived Republic of Central Albania, founded by Essad Toptani, and the Principality of Albania. In 1914 Toptani managed to seize the town but during the same year it was reincorporated by Prenk Bibe Doda in the Principality of Albania. During WWII was the center of the activities of resistance leader Abaz Kupi.
The museums of Kruje include the Skanderbeg museum, located in the environs of the Kruje castle, and the national ethnographic museum.
We placed this cache during our Balkan expedition in 2011. This place is too far from my home coordinates, but there were only few geocaches in this beautiful area.
I would appreciate if some local geocacher will adopt it or some geocacher will perform maintenance (e.g. exchange the logbook and eventually replace the box for the larger one).