Anniversary of Skanderbeg's death

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National hero Gjergj Kastriot Skënderbeu passed away on January 17, 1468 in Lezha. Gjergj Kastrioti, National Hero of Albania was born in 1403. He belonged to the Kastriot royal family.

His father was Gjon Kastrioti, the leader of the largest cities of that time, Kruja and Mirdita, and his mother was Vojsava. When Gjergji was born, his father, Gjon Kastrioti, was the ruler of an important state, which stretched at least from the suburbs of Prizren and Tetovo in the east to the Adriatic Sea in the west.

Gjergj Kastriot Skënderbeu died at the age of 63. He is regarded by many Western European countries as the hero who prevented the Ottoman Empire from invading Western Europe. Gjergj Kastriot Skënderbeu remains the legendary figure of the Albanian nation for centuries.

Skanderbeg's death meant the end of Albania's independence, which only thanks to him managed to emerge as a united and independent state. Kruja, which for many years was called the Acropolis of Christianity, resisted only another siege without its Leader.

Gjergj Kastrioti - Skënderbeu, the National Hero of Albania sealed with his works the resistance against the invading Turks in the 15th century and was an example for imitation for all later heroes. He remained in history as a warrior, as a general, a man with principles and ideals. Gjergj Kastrioti was the greatest political and military personality of his time. He was recognized as the commander of all Albanian tribes and the defender of Christianity.

He managed to stop the spread of Turkish hordes in the Balkans for 25 years without losing a single battle. With his heroic struggle he managed to win the admiration of all of Christian Europe. In Albania, Skanderbeg is a legend, the true image of a hero, a demigod who was always on the front lines of the war, who never hesitated to sacrifice his life for his ideals, for what he believed in, for the homeland and his comrades-in-arms.

Today in Albania his memory is quite vivid, and so in his honor, from the day he died, his surname became an honorary name for boys. And so people name their children, so that these children look like this Hero. For this in Albania it is an honor to be called Kastriot, but also a great responsibility to be able to honor this name at any time.