"Voskopojë, a little known gem" Voskopoje by JLBG

Voskopoje Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 144 photos

At an altitude of 1,160 meters, Voskopojë is a 2,200 inhabitants mountain village, 21 km west to Korcë. Until very recently, I had never heard of Voskopjë. I know now that it is a must see.

It is named Voskopjë in Albanian, Moscopole in Aromanian, Moscopolis in Greek, Moskopolje in Serb.

It was founded by Vlach/Aromanian shepherds. The date of its foundation is unknown. It remained a village until the XVIth. At the beginning of the XVIIth, it became a main stage on the trade route from Byzance (Constantinople) to Venice and began to develop fast. In 1788, it had 35,000 inhabitants and was only second to Istanbul in the Ottoman Empire.

The city was mostly populated by Vlachs/Aromanians that usually spoke Aromanian (a Latin language closely related with Romanian) and Greek (used for the writing). It had 24 churches, a monastery ,a university, etc… The first printing press in the Balkans was in Voskopojë. In 1771, was printed the first dictionary Greek/Shkip/Aromanian/Bulgare. In 1788, the town was plundered and destroyed by Ali Pasha from Tepëlenë, pasha of Ioannina. Most the inhabitants that were not killed flew away and the city never regained its wealth. There remain 5 churches and a monastery with beautiful paintings.

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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Voskopojë must have been a very wealthy place indeed to have so many churches and so much artwork. Your great photos document the interesting history and devotion to the church and their religion which the town's residents had and displayed, especially through the abundance of paintings.

  • MacedonianUK's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Lovely page of Moskopole. I also had lunch in Peshi Taverna :)
    Moskopole is know as pure Vlash town, and together with Korche, Bitola (including the village of Malovishta near Bitola), Ioannina and Kozani in Greece make the epicenter of Vlah/Aromani settelmants on the Balkans... In mid August every year there is folk festival in Malovishta which upkeep the Vlah tradition, music and language... It is amazing gathering. Vlahs as far as Vlahia (Romanija) come to take bart in the festival..

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    What beautiful paintings you have captured here on camera!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    It’s amazing that in this village high up in the mountains there is such a wealth of artwork in the five churches and the monastery. (I have now finished my Lyon page. I took your advice and went to the Lumière Museum. Very interesting!)

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Great page about a place I never heard about! Kisha Shën Kolli paintings look almost fantastic. Thank you Jean-Louis for the virtual tour!


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