Memorie.al publishes several articles in the newspapers of King Zog’s Monarchy, such as “Besa” published by Fiqëri Rusin, etc., which echoed the great work done by the government of that time to promote cultural tourism through the friends of Albania, as the Frenchman Fernand Vaten, who had visited our country, who is 1935, held a conference on “On Albania and Albanians” in the city of Sen Lloidt, where he was honorary prefect, which were received with great interest, as he reflected on the great tourist resources that our country offered to foreign tourists, and made a brief history from the time of the Illyrians to the present day. And the public conferences of the professor, Petraq Pepo in the city of Korça, who every year organized various meetings in the cinema hall “Lluka”, with the theme: “Tourism and cultural Albania”, where he spoke to the audience on how to absorb foreign tourists in our country.
“In Albania, Mr. Vaten and his wife stayed for more than a month (until August 8, 1934) and walked all over the south, thus having a long time to see small items, which cannot be seen on a journey, step on and go as most foreigners do. Immediately, I put these memories in front of the selected meeting of Sen-Lloditë, who decorated his speech with pictures and the photograph he had taken in Tirana, in Elbasan, in Berat, in Korça and stuck. The conference, which lasted more than two hours, was supported by the Society of Archeology and was held in the great hall of the City Hall. The world that shuddered to hear the eloquent and lively speech of the eminent lecturer was so great that I could hardly find a place in that room, otherwise too wide. It is worth noting that the conference began with a summary of Albania’s history, old and late. So she wrote, among other things, in one of her 1935 articles, the Besa newspaper, which was published in Tirana by owner and publisher Fiqëri Rusin, which reflected some articles published in French newspapers, Le Courrier de la Manche. and ‘L’ Ouest-Éclair ‘, which echoed the way King Zog’s government promoted cultural tourism in France, where Albania’s friend Fernand Vaten had held several conferences in the town of St. Lloyd, on “Above Albania and the Albanians ”, presenting to the audience a short history of Albania from ancient times until today and also highlighting the great tourist resources that our country offered. Also, the newspaper “Besa” echoed the great work of a professor, Petraq Pepo, in the city of Korça, which every year held conferences on “Tourism and cultural Albania”, where he spoke to the audience about the ways how Tourism in Albania had to be promoted to attract foreign tourists. For more information, we are familiar with the articles in the question of the newspaper “Besa”, which Memorie.al is publishing without any changes, giving them in the written language of that time.
“A conference on Albania”
Taken from French newspapers; “Le Courrier de la Manche” and “L’Ouest-Eclair” (Translated by Mr. S. Kolea)
In Sen-Elo (Saint-Le), the center of the Manika Prefecture (Manche), of Manka ‘in the’ Third Autumn ‘of last year, Mr. Fernand Vaten (Vatin) held a conference on Albania in front of a wide circle of people. Ladies and Gentlemen. Lord. F. Vaten, Doctor of Laws and Honorary Prefect, is one of the few people in his nation who has ‘traveled’ and traveled the world just ‘than just’ to see as many cities as possible and get to know their minds and lives. . In addition to France and surrounding countries. Mr. Vaten has made long journeys in Europe and ‘Europe’ in Europe and Lemma, in Sardinia, in many parts of Africa, and has always chosen selected subjects, which then become the subject of many ‘works that have come out’. from his pen. Over forty works of various subjects are living witnesses of his lordship as a profound hearer and as a tireless writer.
“French Vaten’s trip to Albania”
In Albania, Mr. Vaten and his wife stayed for more than a month (until August 8, 1934) and walked around the south, thus having a long time to see in detail. items that can’t be seen on a journey step on and go as most foreigners do. So, I put these memories in front of the selected meeting of Sen-Lloditë, who decorated his speech with pictures and the picture he had taken in Tirana, Elbasan, Berat, Korça and stuck. The conference, which lasted more than two hours, was supported by the Society of Archeology and was held in the great hall of the City Hall. The world that shuddered to hear the eloquent and lively speech of the eminent lecturer was so great that I could hardly find a place in that room, otherwise too wide. It is worth noting that the conference began with a summary of Albania’s history, ancient and late. Mr. Vaten did not forget the devastation and devastation left by the last wars, in which her sons did not have a hand at all, just as they did not have a hand in the earliest wars when foreign rulers came and gave up their grievances. especially in the fields of Albania. He recalled Caesar’s war against Pompey around Durrës ‘and the war near Saranda’ where Antony, who was with himself, and Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt, of Albanian blood. Regarding today’s Albania, Mr. Vaten said that from a long distance it is close to a medium level with Belgium and Switzerland; but if you were to gather the whole Albanian nation into a single national sovereign, the limits of the Queen’s’ his’ free ‘gan would expand to two more threads, since there are many Albanians who have remained outside today’s borders in Yugoslavia and in Greece.
“Beautiful place where tranquility reigns”
The place is beautiful to write about and the point can be made side by side with Switzerland. The earth is fertile, and with a little more care it rewards with its hands full of the sweat which man thirsts; all the products of Western Europe come to Albania, and come with flood and a good hand. And all the domestic animals that Europe knows grow and make ondia on the land of Albania. Roads are paved to move side by side the cars, which in Albania take the place of the iron roads that are missing today. Tranquility and security are complete. The stranger, therefore, can travel easily and simply without any fear, whether day or night. The crowd, in general, is a door-to-door for foreigners, who find everywhere to sleep, well-groomed, with the amount of time with all the conveniences of today’s life; only in remote areas, or in the highlands, there may be shortcomings on this point.
“Tirana, the growing capital”
The capital of the Kingdom is Tirana, a small city that is growing and repeating itself and becoming more and more beautiful day by day. The original project is Durrës; after him come to Vlora, Saranda, and Shën-Gjini; In all these projects, the steamships of the Italian and Yugoslav maritime companies occupy the land day by day. Albanians have their roots in the Pelasgians, which many centuries before the time of Christianity, descended from nearby Asia and occupied all the Balkan provinces, training during Dalmatia to the shores of the White Sea, in many parts of Italy… The Peleshgj, wiped out ‘by all these lands, dissolving into new nations that invade countries one after the other’ only in Albania do their grandchildren live today.
“Albanians are brave, distinguished and handsome men”
Albanians are handsome, healthy, generous, open-minded men, brave with great lawn for every sense that belongs to freedom and honor. This comp, which has plagued the Turkish yoke for five centuries, has brought great people to light in every branch of human action. The pages of history are reminiscent of many Albanian names who nurtured military leaders as thin politicians as capable government officials. After the liberation of the country from the foreign yoke and especially after the black clouds of the great war were dispersed, Albania set out on the path of progress in all branches of human life. This progress has been taking place with vigils since the day L. L. e Tijë, King Zogu I, took the reins of government. The trees of His lordship are tireless as they are seen today in Albania, which was covered by misery after the last wars. It is the broad mind of His Majesty the King and His mighty arm that, through a strong yet patriarchal government, knew how to develop and regulate the ‘capes of his Nation’ on the path to National life.
On the religious side, Albanians are two-thirds Muslim and one-third Christian (Orthodox and Catholic) but all have a living heart in their hearts for the homeland, which fraternizes them, and all are behind their King. in the fierce war to which his LM Zogu I was entrusted, in order to capture in every way the life of the chief nation of His nation, and to lead it on the path of happiness ”.
(Besa newspaper, Wednesday, November 16, 1935)
Conference of Mr. Prof. Petraq Pepo, with the theme “Tourism and Cultural Albania”
The day before last Sunday, in the cinema’s bar “Lluka” of this city. Mr. Prof. Petraq Peppo, held, in front of a majority of people and intellectuals, the conference announced with the theme “Tourism and cultural Albania”. Albania-Mr. began to speak. Before the Balkan War, it was little known and considered a desert country inhabited by a group of thieves, but now many books have been published that speak to the truth of this country, so Albania is becoming more known. But despite this, our country does not attract as many tourists as other Balkan countries, although Albania in the Middle Ages attracted many more foreigners, because our country, as is well known, is located on the Mediterranean axis of the Mediterranean Sea and is so far away. Syria as well as Gibraltar. In addition, Mr. Peppo-Albania continued, although it is a mountainous country, it is not a stop for travelers that there are valleys that cross it and it is the place in the Balkans that is very close to friends of civilized Europe. Therefore, we are in a favorable position to attract tourists, because today tourism has developed a lot and many countries have large profits from foreigners, above the example of the Swiss and Greeks. For this purpose, Mr. Peppo emphasized, a Tourist Office was established in Tirana, but in order for this office to bring the right effects, its members must bring special care and create systematic work. Among the many things, says the conference professor, that attracts tourists is archeology and art. Albania in terms of archeology is in the first place because in ancient times we dare to say, our country was the heart of civilization and for this, it is enough to remember the cities that flourished at that time like Scodra (Shkodra) Metallum (St. Gjini) Buthrotum (Butrintoja ) Apollonia (Pojani), etc. Albania that in prehistoric and protohistorical times you inhabited, that various and numerous archaeologists have found all sorts of items used by the people of that time. In Butrinte, the conference speaker adds, items have been found used by the Illyrians, which is interesting for us because it proves that before foreigners came to our country, this is inhabited by our grandparents Ilirjana. Also, many tumors have been found in different parts of Albania and it should not be forgotten that the Greco-Roman era brings great care to our country that civilization reaches its peak, art, sculpture, and architecture spread as much as their value. compared to the works of the most famous cities of that time. Here the conference developer archeological excavations that have been done in Butrintio and Apollonia, spoke e.g. over the Portico which is 77 m. long discovered in Pojan, over the marble head of Octavius, over the statue of Ceres, over the marble head of a woman. On the Ceramics, on the Mosaics, Bas-relief that was also discovered in Pojan, etc. etc. He then went on to spread the Butrinto mythology “Buhtrati açedimus urben”, spoke about Aeneid, Pyrrhus, Andromache, etc., as well as the various objects found in the excavations made in this place, which are listed in the age of stone and brass, on the classical era, on the walls of the Acropolis, especially on the monumental gate that closely resembles the Scea Gate of Troy before which the legendary duel between Arbil and Hector took place, extending to the 1931 excavations of to whom these excavations were given special importance because these excavations revealed a magnificent Theater, developed parts of this theater and pervaded the poetic point of view, the head with worldwide fame, which was discovered in those excavations, which was called La Dea di Butrinto. The conference general described the architecture and painting of the churches in general and especially said that in some churches there are saints who have Albanian clothes, which proves to us that the artist was influenced by the customs of our country. He also spoke about the Mosques and minarets, which you described in terms of both architecture and painting, and skillfully explained the epigraphic decor of the Arabic letters in the Teqe of Kruja. I developed beautifully the fortresses in Albania, the art of women, carpets, rugs, with which he found them very interesting both in subject and style. He then explained the decoration of the Albanian dress and the ornaments of the weapons, as well as the delicate work of silver. Finally, our distinguished conference presenter, with his beautiful talent and sweet language, proves that Albania is the first-hand tourist place, both by the nature that compares with Switzerland and by the aerology that it does not have. fear of openly confronting Greece, but it must become great and incessant propaganda to attract tourists, who when they come to Albania, will remember us, will love us and will leave millions and will ‘show the world that we are a people who have decided to live free and happy. We add on this beautiful occasion that Mr. Prof. P. Peppo is the only one of the teachers of this city, who year after year, without sparing even a little, holds two or three public conferences, on various subjects that are very interesting to our country. But we must not forget that our well-known Professor, even as a teacher, has fully fulfilled his duty; with many sacrifices, he led the students of Lyceum to Berat, the Museum of Fier, to Pojan, Mborje, Voskopoja and elsewhere, where he explained the civilization of our country in the past. For all this, our tireless Professor is to be commended and should not be spared the right support in such cases.Memorie.al