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Zekate House

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Zekate House

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We shall drive over the mountains to the scenic Drinos valley to see Gjirokastra, the austere stone city perched on the Wide Mountain. One of the most famous mediaeval towns of the region the city dates back to the 3rd century BC. We shall visit the mighty fortress, the old Bazaar and the 300 years old Skenduli house as one of the best representatives of the original architecture of Gjirokastra. We shall visit Benja thermal baths..A stone bridge arcs over a winding stretch of brilliantly blue-green water. Built-in the Middle Ages, it has been letting people cross the sulfur-rich river since the days of the Ottoman Empire. Warm water rushes beneath it, providing a relaxing treat for those who visit. Near the bridge, you’ll find the the Benja Thermal Baths, born from the geothermal waters near Përmet, Albania. The heated water flows down the river unless it gets diverted into one of the several human-made pools. They’re a splendid spot for a hot soak on a crisp, cool day.
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N.R wrote a review Jan 3
Tirana, Albania157 contributions9 helpful votes
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breathtaking wood decoration and wall painting. beautiful city view. it feels like you travel in time. highly recommend.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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KittieMeow wrote a review Oct 2020
Morristown, New Jersey104 contributions25 helpful votes
There's a tour in English. You can see how wealthy this region was by visiting this house and how people lived and celebrated lives.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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B1714D wrote a review Sep 2020
Belgrade, Serbia8,230 contributions2,290 helpful votes
You must engage some extra effort to reach this historic house built during the Ali Pasha Tepelena rule in early 1800's. The house is little bit off the main tourist attractions in central Gjirokaster, but marked along the way. Cheap entry fee will give you an insight on the Ottoman era household style, and you'll also be rewarded with great views.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Vangjush K wrote a review Sep 2020
Uppsala, Sweden4 contributions
Absolutely worth visiting this lovely house. The owner is the guide and he knows quite a lot of the people traditions back in the past.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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KrisD_pl wrote a review Jul 2020
Warsaw, Poland6,660 contributions686 helpful votes
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"One of the grandest examples of Gjirokastër architecture in the Ottoman style" - the traditional high tower house of wealthy Zekate family. The houses used to be a place of defense and were fortified - therefore they were built in such way. It was built at the beginning of 19th century, it has two towers and a large double arch facade. There's a small entrance fee which will help the owners to maintain this historic building. You can also sit down after a visit and order a beer - views to the town and castle are great.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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