Gjirokastër travel guide

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To walk through its abandoned streets brings one straight through Ottoman history.

The historic town of Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, is a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate. The 13th-century citadel provides the focal point of the town with its typical tower houses (Turkish kule). Characteristic of the Balkan region, Gjirokastra contains a series of outstanding examples of kule, a type of building which crystallized in the 17th century. But Gjirokastra also features some more elaborate examples from the early 19th century. The kule has a tall basement, a first floor for use in the cold season, and a second floor for the warm season. Interiors feature rich decorative details and painted floral patterns, particularly in the zones reserved for the reception of visitors. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period.

YouTube Gjirokastër videos

  • Albanie le Pays des Aigles (5éme Partie) [02:09]

  • Albanie le Pays des Aigles (3éme Partie) [01:19]

  • Albanie le Pays des Aigles (7éme Partie) [01:39]

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