Gjirokastra Cultural Heritage

Gjirokastra Castle is mentioned for the first time as a city and a castle in 1336 CE. At that time, it was the center of the Albanian feudal family, Zenebisheve.

Hadrianopolis is located in the Drino River Valley near Gjirokastra. This city was known as Adrianopolis in Roman times and the site features a theater which could accommodate approximately 4,000 spectators. It was excavated in 1984.

Tepelena Castle was built by Ali Pasha in the end of 18th century CE in the town of Tepelena. It was the second most important castle during his reign, after that in Ioanina.

The Ancient city of Antigonea which has the status of the Archaeological Park lies on the east side of the Drinos Valley, near the modern day village of Saraqinishtë.

The Bazaar of Gjirokastra (Pazari i Gjirokastrës) is situated on top of the castle hill, where even today the site is known as “The Old Bazaar”. The urban location of this site indicates that the bazaar belongs to the 17th century CE.

The Church of Saint Mary in the village of Labova e Kryqit has an inclusive cross-style with a typical provincial Byzantine roof type.

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