I do not know if the Morava cinema, standing in the city center still exists but in 1988 it had a strange 1920 look. It had of course on top the traditional "Lavdi PRSH" (Glory to the Party). I have seen a recent picture where it was called "Millenium cinema".
In the specially designed windows, were the posters for next films. They obviously are all Albanian made. They are nine but as the posters seem to be quite aged, I suppose that they were the nine films available in the country. The titles were the following. When possible, I have tried to translate but everything was not clear enough on the photo.
Dora e Ngrohte. I am not sure that "Dora and Heating" (??) would be the correct translation!
Militanti : a translation is not a need
Apasionata : no translation needed
Enver Hoxa tungjatjeta : Hello, Enver Hoxa
Draje emrin tend
Kohe e larget : far away time (??)
Xxxnjtime nga Gjirokastra : looks like a film on the city of Gjirokastër.
Each time we had some spare time, once arrived in our hotel, I enjoyed to wander in the city and explore not only the center but also other parts. In Korcë, wandering in the outskirts of the city, I found a part with small houses, mostly one level, standing along a roughly paved street. Several times, people were happy to talk with me but did not want a photo to be taken.
Korcë is also an industrial town. This photo was taken from the road leading to the south. In the foreground, a part of the city with small houses built along strait streets. In the middle, the city center with the oldest part of the city. A little behind, a modern part of the city with plain several stories buildings and further behind, several plants releasing plenty of smoke. Pollution was not an issue in 1988!
This photo shows traditional corbelled houses. The basement is build with stones and has few opening for defensive purpose. The upper levels are made of wood but only the second level is corbelled : one room in the first house, the whole level for the house in the background.
The first school teaching in Albanian was open in 1887 in this house whilst the city was part of the Ottoman Empire. Before that, all the teaching was given in Turk.
The inhabitants of Korc? are proud that their city is the "mother" of Albanian education. It was also in Korc? that was opened the first school for girls.
Korc? keeps a tradition for education and lyc?e "Raqi Qirinxhi" is considered as one of the best of the country. Today, this building lodges the museum of the town.
In the same part of the city, a group of houses have been equally built in the same period. The architect has also tried to make an interpretation of traditional architecture in his own way but the result is more questionable.
The photo shows one of the best examples in town of a house displaying the typical local architecture from the period 1920-1930. It is an harmonious blend between traditional architecture and modern features.
Dardhe, Korce, 1233, Albania
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