Unique Sites
Picturesque unique sites of Gjirokastra
• Gjirokastra Bazaar, with its cobblestoned streets, medieval facades, makes up the center and the heart of the Old Town. The first attraction that welcomes visitors is thought to date back to the Ottoman period, although nothing is left of that period. By taking a walk around the historical city center, you will explore all of its major attractions. 
• The Castle of Gjirokastra, undoubtedly one of the most magnificent fortresses in Albania and one of the biggest in the Balkans, has a superb view over the valley. The castle, named after Princess Argjiro, who refused to surrender to the Ottoman invaders and leapt to her death, sits on top of a hill that towers over the surrounding city, making it a unique site that can't be missed.
• Skënduli House, built in 1705, is a perfect attraction to explain the architecture of a traditional Gjirokastra house and to demonstrate the class division. 
• The Ancient city of Antigonea which holds the status of an Archaeological Park, lies on the east side of the Drinos Valley and covers an area of 45 hectares. According to the ancient Greek historian Plutarch, Antigonea was the city that was "risen by love and destroyed by hatred."
• Ali Pasha Bridge is the evidence of Ali Pasha's efforts to commission the aqueduct complex in Gjirokastra, built on a system of magnificent canals and bridges, that, for the first time, would supply water from the nearby mountain of Sopot to the castle. Even today, curious researchers or visitors are amazed by the craftsmanship of its construction. It is a spectacular off-the-beaten-path destination.
• The Ethnographic Museum, widely known as the childhood home of Enver Hoxha is an example of how the high social class of the 19th century lived in the south of Albania. It seems that the house offers not only the idea of the dictator's childhood but the whole history of Gjirokastra, a city that, in many ways, influenced the history of an entire country.
• Ismail Kadare House, the home of the world-famous Albanian writer, Ismail Kadare, which was turned into a museum 3 years ago, is open to the public and is one of the places not to be missed during your visit to Gjirokastra.
• Museum of Armaments was opened in 1971 as a National Museum, bringing weapons from all over Albania used during the First and Second World Wars. This museum includes several pavilions, such as the Museum of Weapons, the prison, and the museum of Gjirokastra.
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