Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare
examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period.
Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of
various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It
features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which was built in
the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC.
The citadel area numbers many Byzantine churches, mainly from the 13th
century, as well as several mosques built under the Ottoman era
which began in 1417. Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern
Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were
developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an
18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period.