Travel to Gjirokaster. Gjirokastër is in Southeastern Albania. Historic Gjirokaster is one of Albania’s three UNESCO sites. The city appears in the historical record dating back in 1336 as part of the Bizantine Empire. Today the old town is famous for being a well-preserved city of authentic architecture and its fortress overlooking the entire city, the old houses lean against the slopes of the hills with their old wooden facades. Being the birthplace of the Nobel-laurate writer Ismail Kadare and also of the notorious communist leader Enver Hoxha, the city is intriguing and controversial as it preserves well all phases of history.

The demolition of the monumental statue of the authoritarian leader Enver Hohxa in Gjirokastër by members of the local Greek community in August 1991 marked the end of the one-party state.

Gjirokastër suffered severe economic problems following the end of communist rule in 1991. 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 developed on the 17th century

Airport: Travel to Capital City Tirana (Tirane) Cities in Albania

Country: Albania