Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

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Bazaar of Korca

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Bazaar of Korca

About the site

Corridor: Via Egnatia
Country: Albania, Korca
Type: Vernacular Architecture
Epoch: Modern Times, Middle Ages
World Heritage:
Modern TimesMiddle AgesVernacular Architecture

The bazaar of Korca is amongst the most valuable buildings of this type, and not only in Albanian territory. The bazaar dates back to the second half of the 19th century and constitutes a very important feature of the urban environment. This building is a testimony to the importance of the tradesmen and craftsmen who, at that time, influenced the economic and social context of the country. The bazaar is divided in clearly distinct units. The squares play the role of centers, surrounded by two or three-storey buildings. Fifteen inns existed at the time, out of which only nine are preserved. In 1879, the bazaar was nearly destroyed by fire but it was reconstructed to its previous glory.

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