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Cerciz Topulli Square

June 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

“Gjirokastra-characteristic neighborhoods” Guide

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The starting point of the trip is the historic center of Gjirokastra, “Cerciz Topulli” square. Then the journey continues in the lower quarters of the city, namely “Varrosh-Granice”. In the “Palorto” neighborhood we stop at the ethnographic museum, home of former dictator Enver Hoxha. After a short visit to the museum, the tour continues on the characteristic cobblestone, in the old and upper districts of Gjirokastra, passing to the charachteristic Masjid and adjacent to the castle, continues to the “Dunavati i Parë” neighborhood and a visit to the characteristic house of the brothers Topulli. Then it descends and stops at the Gjirokastra Fortress, which occupies the entire 336-meter high hillside over which it was built during the ‘300s. The castle is called Argjiro, in honor of the legend that Princess Argjiro jumped from the heights of the castle to not fall into the hands of the Ottoman enemy. And so, the fortress proves the battle of the Albanian people for independence over the years, a long war and many obstacles. These phases of Albanian history are also distinguished by the changes that this fortress has seen since the Ottoman conquest, at the end of the 14th century, up to the beginning of the 1800s until King Zog’s times. The leader of Ioannina, Ali Pasha Tepelena, between the reconstruction works left his footstep in the erection of the Clock Tower at the east of the castle. While in the First and Second World War, the castle was turned into a shelter where the city’s inhabitants were protected from air bombardments.

-Duration: 3 hours

-% of the road: 30 asphalt / 70 cobblestones


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