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The Bazaar of Gjirokastra

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The Bazaar of Gjirokastra (Pazari i Gjirokastrës) is situated on top of the castle hill, where even today the site is known as “The Old Bazaar”. The urban location of this site indicates that the bazaar belongs to the 17th century CE. According to Elvia Celebiu, from around 1771 - 1772 CE the old bazaar started gradually relocating towards the city center, where it exists today. At the end of the 19th century CE, a destructive fire destroyed the entire bazaar. After this tragedy, the bazaar was rebuilt according to contemporary architectural standards. Changes were made to the original urban plan to reconstruct the bazaar with fragmented blocks and steps, due to the rugged terrain. The top front of the shops is made of wooden and metallic eaves, while later, the entrances of the shops were closed with metallic roller curtains. The narrow streets of the bazaar spread out from a small city center in five different directions. Every street is lined with fragmented blocks of buildings.

 

 

 

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