Old Bazaar of Korçë

Coordinates: 41°30′33″N 19°47′40″E / 41.50917°N 19.79444°E / 41.50917; 19.79444

Street of the Old Bazaar

Old Bazaar of Korçë is an Ottoman-era bazaar in Korçë, Albania.

Established about 500 years ago, it is composed of old ottoman and roman architectonic style buildings which for centuries were used as shops, guesthouses or khans. It is said to be noted for selling goats and handbags.[1]

It was mostly rebuilt in 1879 following an extensive fire[2] [3]

The old bazaar comprises 138 first category culture monuments. It is also called as the Bazaar of the Serenades, associated with the music which for centuries was composed and sung by people whilst walking with a guitar on the round cobblestone.[4]

RenovationEdit

In 2015 it was announced that the bazaar would be renovated and transformed into a hub for tourists visiting the city, due to a $4 million restoration project financed by the Albanian Development Fund and the Albanian American Fund for Development.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Old Bazaar of Korca to transform into a hub for tourists due to $4 ml restoration project". Invest in Albania. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  2. ^ AARP, art and archaeology research papers, Volumes 7-12. 1975.
  3. ^ McAdam, Marika (2009). Lonely Planet Western Balkans (2 ed.). Lonely Planet. p. 79. ISBN 1-74104-729-3.
  4. ^ "Korça, Bazaar of the Serenades". Balcani Caucasio. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Old Bazaar of Korca to transform into a hub for tourists due to $4 ml restoration project". Invest in Albania. Retrieved 25 March 2019.