Situated between Mount Kruja and Gamti, in Nikël, the Black River flows into an undiscovered valley, unknown to date, yet offering a stunning natural view. This river flows from Malësia e Krujës and joins the River Ishëm, flows into the Adriatic Sea. Due to the flow between the two mountains, the whole surrounding area offers a true natural mosaic, with streams flowing from the Kruja and Gurt Mountains, the Black Gulf, the canyons along the Kruja Highlands and the legends that have occurred in this area. Along the bed there are groves and small rapids formed by water.

Despite the fact that today the area is unexplored by the inhabitants, sometime around the 15th century it is thought to have been a very important passage of time. The 500-year-proven evidence is the medieval cobweb whose traces are still readily seen today. According to some scholars, it is thought that Arber’s road passed from this valley, where residents of Dibra and Mati used it as a short way to connect with the city of Durres. Also in the thirteenth century it was thought to have been another important crossing junction, used by the rigors to move towards Tirana, which had become a very important trading center. Her evidence is two bridges built in this period, the Bridge of Abdyl Agas and the Bridge of Kurcaj.

Black Gorge – Gryka e Zezë

One of the rare monuments of nature that we find in this valley is the Black Gorge. It lies between two mountain slopes at a height of 200 meters. On the gorge there are karstic caves and caves, which according to legend were used to attack commercial caravans, or as a shelter for families in blood feud. On the riverbed there are huge rocky blocks detached from the gorge’s sides, giving the idea of a natural bridge.

Abdyl Ages Bridge – Ura e Abdyl Agës

On the Black River, between Mount Kruja and Mount Gamut in the southernmost part of Kruja, lies the Bridge of Abdyl Agha. It connects the Kruja Mountain with the Tirana Highland, part of the intern in Qafshtama and beyond in Burrel. It is built above the flow of the Black River, near the Black Gulf. According to sources of time, the bridge is thought to be built around 1800-1820 and for its construction limestone are used. Next to it passes the old medieval cobblestone and a series of other objects like: The Jude Tomb, The Rock of Flowers. The bridge is made up of a large circular vault 7 meters in diameter and a small, 2.6 meter diameter small vault on the left bank. The bridge bridge is built of limestone in the area and provided with transverse metal tiranda.

Bridge of Kurcajt – Ura e Kurcajt

The Kurcaj Bridge is located south of Kruja, at the entrance to the village of the same name. The Kurcaj Bridge served as a short road to Tirana-Kruja caravans according to this iterary: Tiranë-Zall Herr- Rradhesh-Mukaj- Buronjë-Kurçaj- Barkanesh-Krujë. It was built in the 16th century. XVIII. On the front sides it is made of black slab stacked lying, while the cobblestone is made of birch-type, stair-type. These bands are raised on the base of the cobblestone about 10-15 cm and stretched every 100-120cm. The lower part of the bridge is made in the form of a vault. In the heels of the big vault are stored the holes of the lower beams of the archery.

Medieval Steps

Cobble on the Black River canyon is located in the southeast of Kruja, between the village of Barkanesh and the bridge of Abdyl Agas. It is thought to be a branching of the Arbri road, which was used by caravans to move through the road Dibër – Krujë – Lezhë – Shkodër, which is complemented by its continuation with the river Droja cobble, which is thought to belong to the same period. Given the peculiarities of irregular and unbalanced limestone construction, it is thought that the construction period is earlier than the Middle Ages, since Ottoman period works in the Middle Ages are distinguished for the arrangement and placement of side edges with zebra stones. According to scholars, this has been a passage in antiquity, linking Dyrrah, Albanopolis and other Illyrian cities to the north.