Olli Thomson

Albania – Gjirokaster Rooftops

Gjirokaster in the south of Albania is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old town is built around a 13th century citadel and the narrow cobbled streets are lined with stone houses built between the 17th and 19th centuries. One notable feature of these houses is the use of stone tiles for roofing. Looking down on the town from the citadel gives excellent views of these rooftops. Gjirokaster was the birthplace of both Enver Hoxha, former communist ruler of Albania, and Ismael Kadare, Albania’s best known writer. The city has featured in a number of Kadare’s works and his former home opened as a museum and cultural centre in 2017. These pictures were taken in June 2006.

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