The city of Berat sits on one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in Albania. There have been settlements here since prehistoric times. One of the best-preserved medieval citadels in the Balkans is located directly above the old town, in the shadow of the Tomori Mountains. The dramatic architecture of Berat reflects both its Ottoman roots and its Albanian heritage, and the white-washed houses that sit above the River Osumit give the city its nickname, “Town of a Thousand Windows.” On the other side of the river, the Orthodox church of Shen Spyridon dominates the Gorica Quarter, historically a Slavic settlement.
PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013