Gjirokastra, Albania

Historical Reference

  • The historic town of Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, is a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate. The 13th-century citadel provides the focal point of the town with its typical tower houses (Turkish kule). Characteristic of the Balkan region, Gjirokastra contains a series of outstanding examples of kule, a type of building which crystallized in the 17th century. But Gjirokastra also features some more elaborate examples from the early 19th century. The kule has a tall basement, a first floor for use in the cold season, and a second floor for the warm season. Interiors feature rich decorative details and painted floral patterns, particularly in the zones reserved for the reception of visitors. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period.

Registration Criteria

C (iii). to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.

C (iv). to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.

Contact

Mr. Flamur Bime
Mayor of Gjirokastra
City Hall of Gjirokastra
Cerciz Topulli Street
Gjirokastra, Albania
Tel:
+355.846 35 00
Fax:
+355 8426 37 96
Email:
f_bime@yahoo.com