Tomorr Mountain & National Park
National Park in Berat
Mount Tomorr is a southern Albanian mountain 2,417 metres above sea level and is located in the Tomorr National Park. The park is known for its diverse species of deciduous and coniferous trees and a wide variety of flora. Many endangered species, such as bears, wolf, and birds of prey live in the park. umerous species of large mammals such as wolves, foxes, wild boars, roe deers, wild goats, rabbits, golden eagles, owles, and sparrowhawks can be found inside the national park.
At the summit there’s a mausoleum dedicated to Abbas Ali, a half-brother of Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet Mohmed.
The mountain is said to be the ancient home of the Illyrian gods. The Mountain is anthropomorphized in Albanian lore by Baba Tomor or Father Tomor, an old giant with a long flowing white beard and four female eagles hovering above him and perching on his snow-covered slopes.
There is another legend regarding the mountain. There were two handsome and brave brothers named Tomorr and Shpirag. The two brothers both fell in love with a beautiful maiden called Osumi. Osumi loved both of them and could not choose between them. Eventually the brothers became aware of the others’ attention. As neither would give Osumi up they brothers fought. Tomorr drew his sword and attacked, the sword’s wounds caused great crevasses on his brother. Shpirag wielded his flail which caused deep but small wounds on his brother. Thus, Tomorr’s body was left full of holes and Shpirag’s body was cut to pieces. As both brother lay dying Osumi began crying endlessly and her tears formed the Osumi River, which always lies between the Tomorr and Shpirag mountains.
Mount Tomorr offers a variety of activities including climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, and skiing.
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