Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

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Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which was built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. The citadel area numbers many Byzantine churches, mainly from the 13th century, as well as several mosques built under the Ottoman era which began in 1417. Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period.

Trivia

  • Located in the Osum river valley in Central Albania this site has evidence of early occupation from the Neolithic period.
  • There is a legend of Berat in which the mountains Tomor and Shpirag fought over a woman, whose tears made the Osumi River!
  • The wall paintings of the medieval churches of Berat have won great renown, especially for the 16th century painting school established by Onufri and are a must see for every visitor.

Year of Inscription: 2005

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Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which was...

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