Korca is known as the “cradle of Albanian culture” and is the largest city within the region. Historical documents referencing the city date from the early medieval period – the first half of the XVth century – when Korca province was the property of Muzakajt, one of the feudal families of that time.
The city has served as a very important trading market. Throughout the centuries Albanian caravans began their travels from here to Turkey, Greece, and Russia.
Old Bazaar of Korca
The old Korça Bazaar has great early historical, cultural and artistic value for the city.The bazaar is characterized by one and two story buildings in classic Korça style, separated by narrow cobbled streets that open onto a central square—the Bazaar is sure to attract the attention of visitors. In past centuries, the bazaar has functioned as a market for trade not just within Albania, but also from Turkey, Greece, Trieste and Venice. It has been noted for the row of inns, including the Old Elbasan and Old Monastery Inn, which served to host travelers visiting the market from outside the city.The market reached its apex during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with more than 1,000 stores.With so many shops, the bazaar was like a city within a city.
Voskopoja became one of the most developed and prosperous cities in the European part of the Ottoman Empire between the 17 and 18th century. Testament to this are the first Printing House in the Balkans in 1720, the Academia of Voskopoja founded in 1744, the famous Basilicas, the painted house walls by the famous Albanian painters including David Selenica and the Zeografi brothers.
Although located in a rather isolated place in the mountains of southern Albania, the city rose to become the most important center of the Aromanians.
Voskopoja is today just a small mountain village located 21 km west from Korce at an altitude of 1160 meters.
The Youth Park of Korca
The Youth Park, pearl of Korça, is the largest urban park in the city with an area of 9 hectares. The park is perfect for a stroll under the generous shade of rows of linden and chestnut trees, or enjoying the open stone sculpture garden.Recent reconstruction and remodeling has made this space one of the most popular places in the city for people of all ages, with new fountains, public squares and a promenade.The creation of an open amphitheater in the park has helped the rebirth of artistic life in the city, and has helped to attract around 50,000 tourists every year.