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Korce, Albania

Overview

Korçë is a city in southeastern Albania. It is the sixth-largest city in Albania. It stands on a plateau some 850 meters above sea level in the heart of the Morava Mountains. These places to visit in Korça will immerse you in the history, culture, and fun of this beautiful region. Korca is called the little Paris of Albania. And it yearly attracts many visitors. In Korca you can visit the National Museum of Medieval Art.<br /> The National Museum of Medieval Art is a great resource for understanding the history of Korçë. The museum is located on Fan Noli Boulevard in the southeastern section of the city. It originally opened on April 24, 1980, and was reconstructed on October 4, 2016. The Orthodox Church<br /> By the early Middle Ages, Korça was a bustling urban center. Among it’s most breathtaking developments are a 9th-century orthodox church and a 15th-century mosque. The orthodox church has since been remodeled and is a beautiful place to visit. The First Albanian Language School, “ABC”<br /> Korça was a pioneer in the field of education. Albanian Visionaries opened the first school in the Albanian language on March 7, 1887 (which remained open until 1902). Soon after, Korça opened the first school for girls in the Albanian language in 1891. The Ottoman Empire suppressed much of this advancement in Albanian education, but after independence in 1912, progress continued. Unfortunately, the Italian and German occupation of 1944 stalled progress once again. The Old Bazaar<br /> You can’t visit Korça without checking out the Old Bazaar. Buildings constructed in the classic Korça style characterize the Bazaar. The Bazaar, separated by narrow cobbled streets, never fails to attract the attention of visitors. In the past centuries, the bazaar has functioned as a market for trade not just within Albania, but also internationally with Turkey, Greece, Trieste, and Venice. Nearby you can find old, traditional inns; including the Old Elbasan and Old Monastery Inn, which serve to host travelers visiting the market from outside the city. The market reached its peak during the late 19th and early 20th centuries with more than 1,000 stores. With so many shops, the bazaar was, and remains, like a city within a city. Throughout its history, the bazaar has been burnt down and rebuilt three times. There is more to Korca that awaits you to discover.
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