Gjirokasta The Stone  City   ~     Gjirokastra  Qyteti i Gurtë          

GJIROKASTRA  CITY

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The name Gjirokastra comes from Illyrian Argyres Tribe which inhabited these parts of Europe. Gjirokastra has been called the "city of one thousand steps" or "the stone city".It is situated in the southern part of Albania, on the the easter slope of mountain Mali i Gjere. It is a commercial center in South Albania, 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., Gjirokastra  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. Due to its strategic position, this ancient dwelling place, which dates back to the first century AD, was transformed into a castle, which later became the nucleus of the further development of the city. During the 13th century It was also knows as Argyropoline, Argyrokastron or the City of Argyro. In the 14th century Click image to enlarge 
it was part of the Despotate of Epirus. The houses in Gjirokastër have a distinguished 
Albanian style.

The city was developed after World War II and today it is an economic, educational and cultural center of southern Albania. There are over 20 museums in Gjirokastra today.
Gjirokastra is a home of traditional Albanian folk festival, usually on fall every four. The National Folklore Festival has its beginnings in year 1968, when it was organized for the first time in Gjirokastra. Since then, it is held once in four years, and it has become the symbol of the Albanian national folklore. This Festival is the amphitheater of the best offered by the Albanian tradition, music vibes and instruments, folk art and costumes. Happening to be a visitor during the days of the Festival, the ambiance and the sensations one gets, is like walking in and interacting with the ancient folklore, or having at a grip or glance what it would take to travel all over Albania and see it with your own eyes.


About 1100 Albanian singers and dancers from Albania, Kosova (three groups), Macedonia (one group), Montenegro (one group), Italy (one group), Germany (one group), Switzerland (one group) and USA (one group) were together in the Castle from September 29 to October 5, 2004.



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