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Gjirokastra

A symphony of grey and white stone capped with a stern citadel, the UNESCO-listed old town of Gjirokastra sits precariously on a dramatic hillside in Albania's southern Gjer Mountains. A former stronghold of Greek culture in the country, it is also famous as the birthplace of Enver Hoxha, Albania's paranoid Communist-era dictator.
View to the castle from above the old town
View to the castle from above the old town
Upper reaches of the old town
Upper reaches of the old town
19th-century houses in the old town
19th-century houses in the old town
Hilltop road and restored mosque
Hilltop road and restored mosque
Slate roofs in the summer sun
Slate roofs in the summer sun
View across the hillside
View across the hillside
Mosque at the top of the old town
Mosque at the top of the old town
Artillery cannons in the castle hall
Artillery cannons in the castle hall
Entrance to an interior courtyard of the castle
Entrance to an interior courtyard of the castle
Summer flower up above the valley
Summer flower up above the valley
Flags over Gjirokastra
Flags over Gjirokastra
Clock tower and the sheer castle walls
Clock tower and the sheer castle walls
Looking over the old town
Looking over the old town
Desolate main courtyard of the castle
Desolate main courtyard of the castle
Modern Gjirokastra at the valley bottom
Modern Gjirokastra at the valley bottom
Old U.S. Lockheed T-33
Old U.S. Lockheed T-33
Old private homes on a far hill
Old private homes on a far hill
Rusting remnants of a previous celebration
Rusting remnants of a previous celebration
Clock tower with Albanian and EU flags
Clock tower with Albanian and EU flags
View down on the old town
View down on the old town
Castle courtyard from atop the ramparts
Castle courtyard from atop the ramparts
Wild flower by the castle walls
Wild flower by the castle walls
The gutted old Lockheed from the walls' edge
The gutted old Lockheed from the walls' edge
Crumbling old house in the old town
Crumbling old house in the old town
Picturesque corner building in the old town
Picturesque corner building in the old town
Central Gjirokastra off the old bazaar
Central Gjirokastra off the old bazaar
A southern Albanian feast
A southern Albanian feast
Reflections in the old town
Reflections in the old town
Gjirokastra's Ethnographic Museum
Gjirokastra's Ethnographic Museum
Old town mosque
Old town mosque
Late afternoon in the old town
Late afternoon in the old town
Castle clock tower and mountain range beyond
Castle clock tower and mountain range beyond
Old houses, restored and crumbling
Old houses, restored and crumbling
Collapsed house on the edge of the old town
Collapsed house on the edge of the old town
Badly maintained Ottoman-era house
Badly maintained Ottoman-era house
View across old Gjirokastra in the early evening
View across old Gjirokastra in the early evening