"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.
- In a nutshell:A must see in Albania
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