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Gjirokaster is an ancient city with habitation dating back they think to about the 1st century BC. It is a UNESCO world heritage city and in 2005 was inscribed on the world heritage list saying 'A rare example of a well preserved ottoman town'

Gjirokaster looks down over the Drin river and has a population of roughly 30,000. At the top of the mountain in Gjirokaster is the castle called Citadel which has great views of the city.

Famous people who have come from Gjirokaster are:

Enver Hoxha - the former dictator

Adil Çarçani - the former Prime Minister

Ismail Kadare - Auther, recently winning the booker prize.

You can visit Gjirokaster in September for the most important folkloric activity in Albania which is called the National Folk Festival and is meant to be amazing although i have not been there around the right time to see it. I hope to one day!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice old city with great views
  • Cons:Very steep climb to the castle
  • In a nutshell:Traditional beauty
  • Last visit to Gjirokaster: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Aug 28, 2006
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2007 at 8:51 PM

    Nice start, I hope that you will add more on your Gjirokaster page ! Thanks for sharing !

  • VikingHarald's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    Hi and nice pages you have. Almost whole world is travelled. I read also with interest your Albanian comments reason I stayed there six monts. Regards WikingHarald

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2006 at 9:32 AM

    interesting glimpse on enver hoxha birthplace....thks for your kind comments on my albanian page!


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