I was born in Gjirokastra,
a museum town in the southern part of Albania.
It is a very beautiful an antic town. It is divided into two parts: the antic and the modern parts. The anti part is located
at the upper part of the town, where the old characteristic houses are concentrated as well as the old castle which like a
giant boat that navigates the town. The castle is as old as the town itself. All the history of the town moves around this
castle. You cannot imagine the charms of the stony silver roads worked with mastery by the masters of the town. The quarters
in the old town and the surroundings are as historical as the town. I live in this part of the town.
Our family belongs
to one of the seven noble families of the town.
My grandfather, a
great master of the stone working, has contributed in the reconstruction of the old part of the town, starting from the castle,
the roads and alleys that lead to the castle, the watch tower, the municipality, hospital etc.
While the second
part, the modern part of the town, where many schools, businesses, churches, the market and the University is located. There
is a great deal of activity in this part.
The town is located
in a valley, called the valley of Drino.
Gjirokastra is generally
referred as the ‘stony town’ or ‘silver town’.