Korça

Korça

Things to do - general

Korca is the largest city of the southeastern Albania. Considered as “Le Petite Paris”, the city is largely known for the aristocracy, architecture, civilization.

Old neighborhoods of Korca are located in the eastern part of the city, behind the Cathedral “Ringjallja e Krishtit” (“Resurrection of Christ”). They have the same urban planning of the Balkan medieval centres with narrow winding alleys and low buildings.

The first Albanian language school, originally for boys only, opened in 1887 and today it houses the National Education Museum. A separate school for females was opened in 1891. A French Lyceum opened in Korca in 1917 following independence.

Korça patriots were well organized from 1906 – 1912, and took part actively in the movement to liberate the country from Ottoman occupation. One of the most famous Albanian sculptors, Odhise Paskal, immortalized the freedom movement with the monument “National Hero” depicting men descending from the mountains to liberate the city. Korca enjoyed a heightened period of prosperity in the interwar period when many of its characteristic cultural institutions, mansions and boulevards were built.

Nearby is the picturesque village of Moscopole (Voskopoja), an important historical and touristic site. It is located 21 Km from Korca, in an altitude of 1160 m in the mountains of south-east Albania and is known for its civilization since 1330. The village is widely known for the medieval churches and byzantine frescoes.The churches in the region are among the most representative of 18th century ecclesiastical art in the Balkans. The architectural design is in general specific and identical: a large three-aisled basilica with a gable roof. The churches are single-apsed, with a wide altar apse and internal niches that serve as prothesis and diaconicon. Most churches also have one niche, each on the northern and southern walls, next to the prothesis and the diakonicon. Along the southern side there is an arched porch. Typical architecture of Orthodox religious monuments.

Moscopole widely developed the mountain tourism. There is a combination of mild valley climate in the lower parts and true Alpine climate in the higher regions. Favorable climate conditions make this center ideal for winter, summer, sport, recreation tourism. Moscopole is known, among other things, for the rich cuisine, culture which offers a variety of organic food for tourists.

In August, the biggest beer festival takes place in Korca, gathering more than 100.000 people to enjoy beer and music.

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Languages spokenAlbanian, English, Greek, French, Italian
Currency usedLek, Euro, Dollar
Area (km2)805.99 km2

Traditional food and drinks info

There are several bars and restaurants offering live traditional korçar music. It is recommended to enjoy it while trying traditional dishes such as the two layered pie - lakrori cooked at the baking dome, petanik filled with white beans, the famous rolled meat patties - kërnacka etc.
One of the specialties of the area is raki boiled with honey and cinnamon. Delicious!

Nevertheless, different bars in the city center have a more modern approach, offering live music usually on weekends, covering a range of genres, starting from rock, acoustic, jazz.

Korca is home to the first albanian beer, Birra Korca.

Culture and history info

Korce is referred as the city of art, museums and education.

The National Museum of Medieval Art has circa 6500 icons and more than 500 objects in wood, stone, metal and textile. It showcases different works of anonymous artists of the 13th-14th century, as well as from the famous Zografi Brothers and their sons, Onufri, David Selenica, Teacher Kostandin, Simon from Ardenica. The Museum has a permanent exhibition with around 200 art objects on show.

Mësonjëtorja e Parë Shqipe (First Albanian School) Education School is housed in the same building where the first school was opened, in 7 March 1887. The museum displays different documents of the era, as well as the first and second copies of the albanian reading primer.

Bratko Oriental Museum, opened in 2003 fulfilling the dream of Demetrius (Dhimiter) Borjes - artist, photographer and collector of asian art and antiques. The Museum has in display 432 objects, such as a piano, Chinese altar, traditional Japanese clothing, an Indonesian sword, oriental paintings and different photos that Borjes acquired while serving in the UN Mission for the Balkans Reconstruction in 1945-1946.

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