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Let`s stop for a moment and go Back in Time and explore the unknown part of Gjirokastra, the magic of the town that every tourist skips. Starting from “Cerciz Topulli Square” and heading to The “Old Bazaar” which is the first neighborhood outside the walls of the castle. The characteristic cobblestone and some of the oldest houses are the most beautiful elements of this neighborhood. After passing Zerzebili bridge, we reach another ancient neighborhood in called Cfake. Here we will pass some old houses which are first monument category and also a tekke belonging to the Bektashi Order. It is a beautiful combination of Nature, many sheep on top of hills, and old houses to arrive in our last destination, the “Ali Pasha Bridge”, a remaining of the aqueduct which was build more than 200 years ago to bring water to the castle. The whole trip takes 3 hours and you should be prepared to walk on a not so comfortable terrain. So put on your sneakers and join us to this back in time trip.
In this tour you will have the opportunity to discover some of the magic of the city by visiting the medieval Bazaar, the highlight of the city the Argjiro Castle and also one of the best preserved houses the Zekate House. We start at Cerciz Topulli square with our local guide, continuing towards the Old Bazaar stopping at the Neck of Bazaar, where we also meet some of the artisans of the town, working with old methods, and head towards the Castle. An old castle 2.5 hectares, fulfilled with history, tragedy and legends which the local guide will explain you. You`ll be 330 meters under level of sea, enjoying breathtaking views of Gjirokastra, the typical tower houses, covered with grey stone, usually two or three floors. The last stop is the Zeakte house which was a gift by Ali Pasha Tepelena for his accountant Beqir Zeko. The aim of this tour is for you to experience the unique, magical and friendly atmosphere of Gjirokastra, not just to see the most popular tourist attractions.
During the tour you will have an one of a kind time travelling experience. It will be focused on the less visible sides to visitors. True stories, facts and confenssions will take you to the most dark times of the Albanian history. It will be possible to explain the main concepts that were created and that were strongly injected into the population, such as “The concept of the young man” and whatever this means in the concept of Albanian society, the dictatorship of the proletariat, the ideology of school and art, the way of life of people in the city and in the village. We will have an explanation of how these concepts were applied by the regime of the time in Albania. All these will be taken from photos preserved as facts and taken from the archives of Gjirokastra families.
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