lezhe – an architectural tour (part 3)

This past weekend I explored the Sheher neighborhood on the city’s periphery. The neighborhood of mostly stone homes and small farms sits on a small saddle behind the castle, up above the road out of town to Kallmet. The view of the surrounding landscape is a startling green and blue in the late Spring sun, and the surrounding pastoral fields made me feel far from the bustle of downtown below.

While exploring, I discovered an abandoned Ottoman era home in the midst of the winding paths of Lagja Sheher. As far as I know, it’s the only house of its age and quality in Lezhe and would have been the home for the large family of a pasha or other dignitary during the 18th and 19th centuries. While it is unfortunate that it is falling in today, the entropic state of the house has a mysterious charm, recalling scenes from the Secret Garden and inspiring the series of photos that follows.

  1. Lauren T. said:

    Ah, I love this, Laura. Awesome photos. And I particularly liked your verbiage surrounding the home’s “entropic state.” I have a strange (at least others call it strange; I think it’s normal) fascination with abandoned houses–photographing them, imagining what the story of the people who lived in them was, exploring them, pondering them…if only the walls could talk, alas.

  2. susan said:

    Beautiful pictures – know you are leaving soon! All the best! hugs, susan

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