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Berat

This is Berat, a 2,500 year old city about 3 hours south of Tirana. The castle pictured here dates from the 13th century and was built by the Turks on a hilltop overlooking the city. The city is hoping to be named as a UNESCO world heritage site soon. The castle contains the remains of many Orthodox churches. One of these now contains a museum which displays a wide range of icons painted by Albania's most famous painter of icons, Onufri. There is a good website here. (You'll need Flash and it won't work on Firefox - shame on them).









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traveller two said…
A beautiful city indeed. Also worth seeing is Gjirokastra. As far as I know, Berat is already UNESCO cities, not just a hopeful as you mention. For more Albanian cities visit: http://www.geocities.com/spiritofalbania/berati.htm
Regards... also in Albania

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