Cepo is a municipal administrative units, formerly known as communes in the Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality Gjirokastër.[2] The municipal unit administrative center is Palokastër village and it consists on 10 other villages which are: Fushëbardhë, Zhulat, Taroninë, Mashkullorë, Çepun, Kodër, Plesat, Kardhiq, Prongji and Humelicë.[3]

Cepo is located in Albania
Coordinates: 40°7′N 20°5′E / 40.117°N 20.083°E / 40.117; 20.083Coordinates: 40°7′N 20°5′E / 40.117°N 20.083°E / 40.117; 20.083
Country Albania
 • Total1,727
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal Code


In 1185 the seat of the Orthodox bishopric of Dryinopolis was moved to Cepo until 1395 when it was transferred to Argyrokastron (modern Gjirokastër).[4] In Medieval times, Zhulat was the home of Papa Zhuli, a Catholic priest who is credited for the Kanun of Laberia.[5][6][7]


The population at the 2011 census was 1,727, while in the civil registers of the same year the population had a total of 6,702 inhabitants. In 2018, referring to the same civil registry, the population had a slight decline, counting a total population of 6,224.[8][9] Historically speaking, Çepo had a mixed Muslim and Christian (Albanian Orthodox) population, with greater numbers of Muslims. Humelica was inhabited by a historically Christian population, Fushë Bardhe and Zhulat were inhabited by historically Muslim populations, and much of the rest of the commune is of mixed historical confession.[10] In the 2011 census, a plurality (44.72%) the population did not identify with one of Albania's four major denominations, while of the major four, Çepo had 42.79% Muslims, 9.44% Orthodox, 2.2% Bektashi, and 1.85% Catholic.[11]


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  6. ^ R. Zojzi The Code of Labëria ("Kanuni i Labërisë" Tirana (Institute of Folk Culture Archives)
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  8. ^ "2011 census results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  9. ^ "Gjirokastra's communes". www.observator.org.al. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  10. ^ Kallivretakis, Leonidas (1995). "Η ελληνική κοινότητα της Αλβανίας υπό το πρίσμα της ιστορικής γεωγραφίας και δημογραφίας [The Greek Community of Albania in terms of historical geography and demography." In Nikolakopoulos, Ilias, Kouloubis Theodoros A. & Thanos M. Veremis (eds). Ο Ελληνισμός της Αλβανίας [The Greeks of Albania]. University of Athens. p. 51.
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