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Albania, Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 31, 2009 at 13:36:51

Location Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra, Albania
Coordinates N40 4 10 E20 7 60
Type Cultural
Property 59 ha
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/569 )

Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which was built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. The citadel area numbers many Byzantine churches, mainly from the 13th century, as well as several mosques built under the Ottoman era which began in 1417. Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period.

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Panorama of Berat The town of Gjirokastër seen from the Castle

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Albania, Butrint

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 31, 2009 at 12:41:33

Location District of Sarandë, County of Vlorë, Albania
Coordinates N39 45 4 E20 1 34
Type Cultural
Property 3,980 ha
Date of Inscription 1992

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/570 )

Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city’s development.

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Theatre of Butrint Remains of the 6th-century baptistery

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