Gjirokastra, the stone city

The traditional city of Gjirokastra is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the most attractive tourist sites of the country. Perched on the eastern side of the Wide Mountain (Mali i Gjërë), the city began as a fourth century castle, which is today the greatest castle in the whole country. Inside the fortress is the Museum of Weapons, where weapons of different periods up until the Second World War are displayed.

Gjirokastra is known as “The City of Stone,” and some of the main tourist attractions are old houses, built by stone to resemble small castles, and streets paved with cobblestone. While visiting, you can visit the Ethnographic Museum, located in the house where the former communist dictator Enver Hoxha was born.

The city is a very good starting point for reaching the archaeological park of Antigonea, the archaeological site of Hadrianapol, the Tekke of Melan, the castle of Libovoha near the village of Nepravishta, and the untouched natural areas of the Fir of Sotira in Dropull and the water sources of Viroi etc.

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