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.
|Languages spoken||Albanian, English, Greek, French, Italian|
|Currency used||Lek, Euro, Dollar|
|Area (km2)||805.99 km2|