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    Discovering Berati

    by call_me_rhia Updated Jul 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The town is divided in three parts: Gorica, Mangalem, and Kalasa. Kalasa is the residential area within the Citadel/fortress. The houses here date from the seventeenth century, are two floors high and present a rich wood carving within. Mangalem is the predominantly Muslim area, it's at the foot of the Kalasa and there are several fine mosques to admire. Gorica is the newer part of town, located past the bridge on the other side of the river.

    Fondest memory: It's a very diverse city but, unlike other Albanian city, never grey. It's full of points of interest even beyond the medieval fortress. At timmes it's a bit sleepy - or maybe it's more accurate to say slow-paced.

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    Discovering Berati's Kalasa

    by call_me_rhia Updated Jul 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Berati is an old town full of interesting white ottoman buildings. Berati is known to Albanians as 'The City of a Thousand Windows' and its citadel/fortress (Kalasa) it is a Museum City protected by the UNESCO.

    Originally the population of the fortress was Christian, so there were about 20 churches dating back the the 14th century and one mosque for the Turkish garrison. Of these churches, 12 are still existing.

    Fondest memory: The little cobbled alleys and the unexpected finds around each corner: an ancient tiny stone church, a quaint whitehouse, a baby horse lying on the ground. It was a hot day, and around lunchtime when we arrived - so basically we had to town to ourselves... and it looked like we were the only souls in a forgotten town. Eerie, and magical at the same time.

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    Legend of Berat

    by Dritan Updated Jul 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: According to the legend of Berat, she was a beautiful girl, with whom two brothers fell in love. These brothers were Tomorri - the oldest - and Shpiragu. Because neither of them would give up on the girl, they decided to have a duel to decide to gets her. Tomorri had as a weapon a sword, Shpiragu had a spiked iron ball. Shpiragu hit the brother and made a big hole in his chest; Tomorri sliced his brother with his sword. An they both died and become the two mountains on either side of Berat. The girl cried and cried and her tears became the river of Osum that flows through Berat.

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    Orientation

    by Dritan Updated Jul 23, 2006

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    Berat city map

    Favorite thing: Museums
    1 National Iconographic Museum “Onufri”
    2 Ethnografic Museum
    3 Contemporary Art Galery “Edward Lear”

    Historical Centers
    4 The Citadel
    5 The Castle's Water Cistern
    6 Red Mosque
    7 The Southern Tower
    8 St Mary of Vllaherna Church
    9 St Contantine and Helena's Church
    10 St Trinity's Church
    11 St Spiridon's Church
    12 St Thomas' Church
    13 Bachelors' Mosque
    14 King's Mosque
    15 Medieval Art Center
    16 The Fortress of Gorica
    17 St Michael's Church
    18 Gallery Wall & Donjon
    19 Gorica's Bridge
    20 Tabja - Flag Tower
    21 The Archeological Center of Gorica
    22 City Hall (nearby: the Leadden Mosque and the New Orthodox Church)
    23 The Public Library
    24 The Police Station
    23 The City's Hospital

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