Rugs knitted in Korcë
Korcë has long been well known for its rugs and carpets. When we were in Korcë in 1988, we were lucky to visit a carpet workshop. Our guide had a hard time getting allowed to visit from the responsible of the workshop and no photos were allowed inside. I noticed that the workers were mostly girls that looked very young (10-12). May be it was because of that that it was so difficult to visit and that we could not take any photo. They produced large knitted carpets oriental style.
Later, I bought in the shop of the hotel a few knitted rugs, shown here.
Korcë, a grocery
This photo shows a grocery. If you enlarge the picture, you will see that the window has bottles of wine (all of the same state brand), cans of jam (all of the same fruit). Generally speaking, what I saw in 1988 in groceries were almost empty shelves, without any choice but where nevertheless basic food could always be found : pasta, jam, wine, eggs, bread, as far as I can recall.
Korcë, Jewish remains
A little further, I reached a square that was being repaved (first photo).
I spotted a six branches star carved on top of the entrance of one of the houses along this square, at number 8. (second photo)
I have enlarged on the third and fourth photo the two carvings.
I thus have made some research and found that Jews have been in Albania for a very long time, since the destruction of the second Temple in the first century. Thus, they are neither Sephardic nor Askenazic Jews (the only two branches usually considered) but Romaniots.
During WWII, Albania was the only occupied country that evaded the Nazi persecution of Jews and had the unique survival rate of 100%. It was the only occupied country to have a larger Jewish population after the WWII than before. Nearly all Albanian Jews emigrated to Israel in 1991.Related to:
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Korcë, Greek architect
The Greek influence in Korcë is obvious. Greece has occupied the city on several occasions in the past and a part of the population is Greek speaking. When wandering in the city, in several occasions, people would say "Yassos" (hello in Greek) instead of përshëndetje (the same in Albanian). On the first photo, this doorway has more or less a Greek look.
On the second photo, I have enlarged the cartouche under the left neo-Corinthian column. The carving, in Greek fonts says :
Ios 1886, Ioynioy arkitekton ao kalphas
This house was built in 1886 by Iouniou (Iuniu ?), architect.Related to:
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