This is the church of Shen Ndreu (St Antony) in a beautiful, unspoilt part of Albania on the West Coast on the Adriatic Sea. The area is called Kepi i Rodonit, and it is on the Rodoni bay, north of Durres, one of the biggest cities of Albania.
The church is from the 15th century and because it was given prominence during the reign of Skenderbeg, the Albanian national hero, it is related to his name. People call it the church of Skenderbeg in St Mary’s monastery. The church is a place of faith still used today, particularly on 13 June where peregrines come from all around Albania and neighbouring countries. It is believed to be a sacred place.
This is an area that is very local, out of the beaten path and the surrounding villages and natural resources have remained unspoilt from buildings, cafes, quarries and other signs of ‘development’. Long may this last.
Also people’s language here is strong and it has its own accent.
Not far from here is the Rodoni castle that was built by Skanderbeg and you can still see the remains of it very close to the coast.