Albania - Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

"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." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1A- Berat
Pamje nga Berati - View from Berati - a UNESCO World Heritage site in Albania -Shqiperia. Thanks to Lilia of Bulgaria who was visiting.

Postcard 1B - Berat
Lagjia Mangalem, Berat, Albania. Thanks to Luca of Italy.

Postcard 2A - Gjirokastra
Gjirokastra is a UNESCO World Heritage in Albania. Nice Albania stamps used including a Gijorkastra Museum and UNESCO stamp. Postcard written on September 2, 2011 in Tirana, Albania and arrived in Penang on September 15, 2011. Thanks to Lilia of Bulgaria who was visiting.

Postcard 2B - Gjirokastra
The Zekat's House, Gjirokastra (1830-1870), Shqiperia - Albania. Thanks to Lucca of Italy.

Postcard 2C - Gjirokastra
Street view of Gjirokastra, Albania. Received in September 2018. Thanks to Vera of Australia who mailed from Tirana, Albania.

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