Is a pitty that Gjirokastra is in such condition nowdays. Gjirokastra is the most original place in Albania and must be (have been) protected.
My grandfather (mother side) was from there (Babameto family). My father was born in the nearby village of Jargucat (just before WWII) when his father was serving as mayer (kryetar komune), and he also did his military service nearby.
A cousin of mine, a painter specialised in graphicas and iconography was in love with the city and it is represented in many of his works.
I never been there though, except once, on the way to Saranda.
We are not talking about the economic and demographic importance of Gjirokastra (at least not me). Whaty I'm pointing out is that Gjirokastra has a cultural and traditional architectural importance, therefore should be protected and preserved.
Is one of the few pearls of our Albanian herritage, along with Berat, something that we should be proud to show to the rest of the world, unfortunatelly we can't do that sucessfully on their current conditions.
If we Albanians want to forget that city, then don't blame our south neighbours for trying to get hold of it. If that happen, it will be OUR fault and not theirs.
Yes, but the Albanian Goverment should be more involved in GJR, to be a present force overthere, to show to the people that they care about them. The fact that the Greek influence is very strong, is one more reason for the goverment NOT to forget about the place. We can't afford to loose them, we should remind them what they really are: ALBANIANS.
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