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Berat- known as the "town of a 1001 windows

🔹️Berat Castle is built on a rocky hill and is accessible only from the south. This 13th-century castle hosts many Byzantine churches and Ottoman mosques.

🔹️The Onufri Museum is situated in the castle quarter's biggest church, the Chuech of the Dormition of St. Mary. The church itself dates from 1797 and was built on the foundations of an earlier 10th-century chapel. Today Onufri's spectacular 16th-century religious paintings are displayed along with the church's beautifully gilded 19th-century iconostasis.

🔹️The city’s life began in the 6th-5th century B.C. as an Illyrian settlement. Later, in the 3rd century B.C. It was turned into a castle city known as Antipatrea. The castle expanded afterwards, particularly during the feudal dominion of the Muzakaj family. Inside the castle, they built churches with valuable frescoes and icons, and also a calligraphy school. Uniquely today, residents still live inside of the castle walls. The three major neighborhoods of the old city are Mangalemi, Gorica, and castle, where the castle itself is located.



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