Museum town of Berat

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Berat, Albania
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bessaLovesToTravel bessaLov…
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the 2400 ys castle Mar 07, 2011
The 2400 years old castle of berat is one of the few still populated by ppl. They live there in their houses builded many many years ago. The streets of stones are beautiful and the ppl are nice and friendly and you can visit the castle paying nothing.
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bessaLovesToTravel bessaLov…
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the 2400 ys castel Mar 07, 2011
On berat you can find one of the few castles in europe which are still populated by the people.

they live inside of the castle in their old and beautiful houses , in the streets with stones...ppl are v nice and friendly and you can visit the 2400 years old castle paying nothing.
tj1777 tj1777
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Museum town of Berat Apr 10, 2009
Albania got a couple of old museums town - they were named museum towns under the communist regime - and this was a great advantage because it meant the old mosque and churches survived the atheist campaign in Albania. Berat is the second museum town in the country - the childhood city of the former dictator Enver Hoxha was the first museum city.

The city lies at the bank of the Osum River which gives it a very attractive setting for the town. The city is made of four parts - a big new part of town which is not particular interesting and three old city districts, the Gorica, Mangalem and Kalasa districts.

The history of Berat stretch back a long time to the first Greek settlement in the area in 6 BC. Later the city was ruled by the Bulgarians who renamed it Beligrad - or White City. This is thought to be the origin of the current name Berat - and the name white city is a proper name for a city where all the houses are white.

During the general Ottoman expansion in the Balkan area Berat fell and were ruled by the Ottomans from 1450 until 1912 when Albania finally regained independence. But even though the Muslim Ottomans ruled here for so long large parts of the city remained Christian. And there are lots of old churches to be seen in the Christian districts of Kalasa and Gorica.

The main attraction of Berat is the castle which is in the Kalasa district and the entire Kalasa district is actually more or less a part of the castle. The area is also the home to many of the old churches and a museum. The only thing is it is at the end of a very steep road which does require a minimum fitness level. They have introduced a bus up the hill which only runs in the morning.

Up at the top at the castle you will not only be enjoying the old houses but also some magnificent view of the river, mountains and the rest of Berat city. But the main thing of the place is even the most touristy area in Kalasa is actually a living town with local people still going around doing whatever they do in their daily life. The number of tourist is still limited and the city seems like a real city.
The Gorica district
The Red mosque in Kalasa
Church rebuild with a new topfloor…
Bridge across the river
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Kana says:
Hi Mickey,
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Congrats on being featured, Mickey! Well-deserved!
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