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Fauna in Theth, Albania Alps


The fauna of Park is rich and diverse.

There can be found about 20 species of mammals, 50 nesting species s nearly 10 species of reptiles and 8 species of amphibians. Very interesting is the presence of mammals and birds which are very related with habitat of high forests and the ecosystem of alpine mountains Among the largest mammals of the park are: brown bear (Ursus arctos), wolf (Canis lupus), lynx (Lynix lynix), selvage goat (Rubicapra ribicapra) and roe (Capreolus capreolus), etc..

Lilium Albanicum

Lilium Albanicum – Zambaku Shqiptar

In higher forest among the birds largely dominate Fragillidae family members (4 types), and Paridae (4 species). Other components are rarer typical elements of high forest as woodpeckers (3 types), reptle of trees (Sitt europea), etc..
On the ground floor other types of shrubs can be found like (Erithacus rubecula), ouzel (Turdus merula), (Lanus collurio), etc.. General condition of habitats is relatively good.

The story of hospitality in Theth


The history of Thethi as a touristic destination starts from the 1890th from some groups organized by the Francescan ordain, which priests use to visit Thethi within their pastoral mission.

Who use to visit Thethi once get a huge impression of its beauty. Year by year the word got spread and visitors start to come in a bigger flux. In 1905 Edit’h Durham describe the village as the most beautiful panoramic she have ever seen till that moment and got impressed from the hospitality of the local people, which accompanied her till next village Vuthaj, in Montenegro.

At this time the first tourists start coming in Thethi as adventurer tourists, which got accommodated near the village Church. Year by year the number of tourists got bigger, mostly from the city of Shkodra, that use to come in Thethi for its health cure.

At this moment start the tourist development in Thethi, where a lot of Thethi’s families straight friendship with Shkodra city families, mostly from Gjecaj and Okol quarters which give the availability of their rooms for guests from the city. First houses was the Vat Nika’s and Dede Ndrethi’s ones in Gjecaj and Sadri Luka’s one in Okol. This relationship was broken by the Communist regime that didn’t allow anymore the free choice for traveling or tourism.
During the communist regime tourism got organized from the state and for this in Thethi got constructed a residencial house for the families of the high class of that time which use to come in Thethi previously organized by the state/government. During that time the local people use to work in agriculture and those ones who use to work at this residence was previously chosen by the government to have a ‘clear biography’.

After 90’tis the camp guesthouse was closed and tourists forgot Thethi for a while! First signs of revitalization of Thethi tourism was in 1996 under the promotion of a organization from Netherlands. This new start was interrupted again in 1997 when the civil war started in Albania and a chaos situation was created. This situation of the tourism in Thethi goes on til 2001, time when Antonia Young implemented a project titled “Balkan Peace Park” that laced Thethi, Valbona, Plave and Guci and till Rugove in Kosovo. This project was a push for the restart of the tourism in Theth. Around the year 2005 the Cooperation and Development Office of the German Embassy (GIZ) implemented a project for the restructuration of some houses in the village to be adapted as guesthouses to host tourists. In this way started a beautiful road to the continuous development of the village of Theth as a touristic destination.

From 2005 till now, in a period of ten years now, with the reconstruction of the guesthouses and the infrastructures improvement there is a big change of the area. Now days in Thethi there are more than 400 beds capacity in the three village areas: Kaprre, Nderlysa and Thethi, which is the most preferred destination. In Thethi there are more than 20 guesthouses, most of them concentrated in the Thethi center. Actually, there are no hotels of a high standard but just traditional houses adapted as guesthouses for tourists, with the maximum capacity of 5 to 10 rooms each. Each one of them is investing year by year to improve its comfort and facilities.

The church in Theth


In year 1917 it was At Shtjefen Gjeçovi, who opened the first school in albanian leanguage for Thethi kids.

An unusual and beautiful church built in 1892 and still at the same spot with same foundations until this very day. During the construction period, attached to the east wall was also the presbytery, where the priest used to live. The habitants of Thethi, from itsinheritance , have been Roman Catholics. So, one of the first buildings here was the church. One of the most legendary priests, not only for Theth and the Catholic Church, but the whole of Albanian culture was Father Shtjefen Gjeçovi.

He opened the school in the year 1917 and taught the children reading and writing in Albanian. This tradition was also followed by the other priests of this church.The year 1921 was an official date recognised by the government of the time as the schools opening, with father Marjan Prela in charge. The Education Minister of the time was Ahmet Zogu, through an internal order,set aside the sum of 100 golden francs for the education of the children of Theth.

In this church, for a short period of time, has also served Father Daniel Gjeçaj. Due to the installation of the atheist communist regime, he was forced to flee from Albania and servethe country from Italy. During the communist time, he kept contacts with all the Albanian immigrants abroad. One of his co-workers was also the great writer Martin Camaj, who would consult Father Daniel before he would publish any of his works. Thanks to the sons of Thethi who live in the USA, the church today has been reconstructedand is in full service of the village, as during the Communist regime it was damaged and made a health and pregnancy centre.

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