Gjirokastër

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Gjirokastër

(gyĭrôkäs`tər) or

Gjinokastër

(gyēnô–), Gr. Argyrokastron, It. Argirocastro, town (1989 pop. 24,207), capital of Gjirokastër dist., S Albania. A commercial center, it produces foodstuffs, leather, and textiles. There are several 18th-century mosques and churches and an old citadel (rebuilt in the 19th cent.) in the town. Dating probably from the 4th cent., Gjirokastër passed to the Turks in the 15th cent. It was captured (1811) by Ali Pasha and was the center (late 1800s) of anti-Turkish resistance. In World War II it was occupied by Italy, Greece, and Germany in succession. Enver HoxhaHoxha, Enver
, 1908–85, Albanian Communist leader and general. A founder (1941) of the Albanian Communist party (Albanian Labor party from 1948), Hoxha headed the radical resistance group in Italian-occupied Albania during World War II.
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, the Albanian Communist party leader, was born there.
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Albania's Premier Berisha inaugurated the road reconstruction Llongo - Koshovica, he, in the Upper Dropull, in the district of Gjirokastra, 5.
Cities with a long and vast history, such as Berat and Gjirokastra - also under the protection of the UNESCO, not only bring a unique value to the world's cultural heritage, but are also a beautiful experience for the visitor walking through them.
The real rising destination is Gjirokastra, a city whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, he added.
Eight new ports will tempt those with a yearning for adventure, including Sarande, Albania featuring the remains of the ancient Greek and Roman city of Butrint and the Ottoman town of Gjirokastra, the nation's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Dartmouth, a charming seaside town at the heart of Devon in the UK; Harwich, a convenient alternative port for visits to London; Bornholm (Ronne), a scenic Danish island; and Scrabster in the very north of Scotland, a convenient jumping off point for visits to the Scottish Highlands and the charming Castle of Mey.
Also in 2005, two men beat a journalist in a town called Gjirokastra.
Cultural properties submitted for inscription to the World Heritage List: Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra Co Towns of southern Albania, exceptional testimonies of well-preserved Ottoman settlements in the Balkan region, an extension (Albania), Cultural Landscape of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Sao Francisco Square in the city of Sao Cristovao (Brazil), The Sacred Site of the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia), Fujian Tulou (China), The Stari Grad Plain (Croatia), Urban Historic Scenary Camaguey (Cuba), Spa of Luha?
The ancient fortified towns of Berati, Gjirokastra and Kruja are completely unspoiled and Butrint in the south has some of the best Roman remains outside Italy.
During the April 6th ceremony, local and national dignitaries, representatives from the Swedish embassy, and CHwB staff, along with Babameto family members, gathered in front of the newly restored Babameto I tower house to acknowledge the work that was done and the significance of the project for the Gjirokastra community.
In southern Albania, Greek TV reported that armed men used two commandeered tanks to try to rob a bank in Gjirokastra.
MIP III / IV has the objective to improve access of the population of the cities of Berat-Kucova, Gjirokastra, Kamza, Lushnja, Delvina and Librazhd to safe drinking water at socially acceptable and cost-covering tariffs and to provide adequate sanitation through sewerage disposal.
Gjirokastra, a Unesco site, has a fortress which stages the National Festival of Folk Song and Dance in the summer.
Project Location : Gjirokastra, Fier, Lezha and Saranda, Albania