Southern Albania has
been home to peoples of many different religions, languages, and ethnicities
living within close proximity.
These disparate groups were linked together by a web of economic and social networks as they traded with each other, lived side-by-side, and even intermarried.
One way that we can look at these groups and their relationships with each other, is through local architecture. Due to its long architectural tradition, Gjirokastra made its way onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.
This listing represents the city’s outstanding universal values as a well-preserved Ottoman-era town and is a testimony to the diversity of urban society.
Gjirokastra Conservation and Development organization (2017):
Gjrokastra Foundation (2017): http://gjirokastra.org/expe-tours/
Gilkes, O (2013) Albania: an archeological guide
Islami, A (2009) Albania from the air.
Sieckmeyer, D, Sieckneyer, J. (2015): Driendly Albania
Official Website of Albanian National Tourism Agency (2017):