While before nearly undocumented, Albania only emerges in history when taking its stand against the Ottoman Empire under national hero Skanderbeg. After his death the alliance crumbled and during 500 years of Ottoman occupation the predominant religion changed to the Islamic faith. Only in few areas in the North, which we’re going to visit, the Catholic Church remained present, resisting every ruler and even Enver Hoxha’s regime. During the communist period Albania was almost completely sealed off from the rest of the world and this way preserved in an early 20th century state, only released to the public after the collapse of communism in the early 90s.