Thursday, April 17, 2008

10 Famous.... Albanians

Continuing the occasional theme of finding well known people from different places, my current trip to Albania has inspired me. Although Albania surely has its fair share of villains, especially the evil dictator Enver Hoxha, nonetheless I think I can find some heroes too:

Mother Teresa- humanitarian
Ismail Kadare- Great European novelist
Fan Noli- Poet and founder of the Albanian autocephelous Orthodox church
George Kastriot-Skanderbeg- determined opponent of the Ottoman advance into Europe
King Zog- romantic rascal
Ali Pasha- friend and inspiration to Byron
Muhammed Ali- founder of modern Egypt and progenitor of the Royal family there
Ibrahim Rugova- advocate of non-violence in Kosova
Sinan Pasha- Five times Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire at its height
John Belushi - Comic genius (though born in the US, both parents were Albanian)

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