"Vlorë/Valona" Rrethi i Vlores by JLBG
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This page is based on my 1988 travel. I have built a new Vlora page, based on my May 2007 and 2009 visits.
Vlorë (in Albanian), Valona (in Italian) stands mid distance between Tiranë and Sarandë. Vlora, 61,300 inhabitants, is the second largest port of Albania after Durrës. It is also a fishing port and holiday resort. It is also the starting point for the coastal road to Sarandë, along the “Albanian Riviera”.
The city was founded by the Illyrians under the name of Aulon. The Roman poet Martial, in the 1st and 2nd century AD, wrote it was famous for its olive groves and vineyards.
Aulon was badly damaged by the Barbarians, seized by the Normans in 1081 and later by the German Hohenstaufens. In 1272, it was incorporated into the kingdom of Arberia. In the 14th century, after the Byzantine took the city, the Balshai, a powerful family from Ulqin/Ulcinj (visit my Ulcinj page) took power and made of Vlorë an important trading and handicraft centre for ship building, silk weaving, swords forging, wines and salt producing.
In 1417, it was the turn of the Turks to seize the city. Sultan Sulejman the Magnificent, built a fortress by the sea in 1531 and a mosque in 1542. They both have been designed by the Albanian architect Sinan.
It was in Vlorë that an Assembly was convened, which proclaimed Albania as an independent state, forming the first national government headed by Ismail Qemali on the 28th of November, 1912. At this time Vlora became the capital of the country. The government remained there until January, 1914.
As soon as you leave the city towards the south, the road follows the shore of Gjiri I Vlorës, the Gulf of Vlorë. It is... more travel advice
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