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A church in Pogradec (Photo by Bernard Cloutier)

Pogradec (Albanian: Pogradec or Pogradeci) is one of the southeastern cities of Albania. It is the capital of the District of Pogradec, in the County of Korçë, located at 40.87°N and 20.70°E with a population of around 30,000 (2005 est). The total area of the district is 725 km². Pogradec alone occupies about 15 km². It is by the famous Lake Ohrid. This city is surrounded by hills on the southern and western side. The lake is in the eastern and northern side of the city. The highway linking to Tirana, Elbasan and Korçë passes through the city. It is located SE of Elbasan, SW of Ohrid in the Republic of Macedonia, NW of Florina in Greece and N of Korçë. The name of the town comes from the Bulgarian language: Подградец = под (under) and градец (град = town). Church in Pogradec, Albania (image under GFDL from Bernard Cloutier used with permission) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Church in Pogradec, Albania (image under GFDL from Bernard Cloutier used with permission) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Categories: Albania geography stubs | Districts of Albania ... -1... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lake Ohrid (Macedonian: Охридско Езеро, Ohridsko Ezero Albanian: Liqeni i Ohrit) straddles the mountainous border between the southwestern region of the Republic of Macedonia and eastern Albania. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country Albania Founded 1614 Elevation 295 ft (90 m) Population (2005 est)[1]  - City 585,756  - Metro 700,000 Tirana (Albanian: Tiranë or Tirana) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Albania. ... Elbasan (Albanian: Elbasan or Elbasani) is a city in central Albania. ... Korçë (Albanian: Korçë or Korça, Greek: Κορυτσά Koritsá , Italian: Corizza, South Slavic: Корча, Korcha or Корче, Korče, Aromanian: Curceaua, Turkish: Görice) is a major city in south-eastern Albania, located at near the border with Greece. ... City motto : Coordinates Municipality : Ohrid municipality Elevation 695 m Population 55 749 Time zone  - Standard  - Summer (DST) CET (UTC+1) CEST (UTC+2) Founded Area code +389 46 Postal code 6000 Car plates OH Official Website www. ... For an explanation of terms related to Macedonia, see Macedonia (terminology). ... Florina (Greek: Φλώρινα) is a city located in the central part of Florina Prefecture. ... Korçë (Albanian: Korçë or Korça, Greek: Κορυτσά Koritsá , Italian: Corizza, South Slavic: Корча, Korcha or Корче, Korče, Aromanian: Curceaua, Turkish: Görice) is a major city in south-eastern Albania, located at near the border with Greece. ... Bulgarian (Български език, IPA: ) is an Indo-European language, a member of the Southern branch of the Slavic languages. ...

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History

The shores of Lake Lychnidus were inhabited as early as ???. The Illyrian tribe of the Enkelei inhabited the areas near Pogradec. Drilon, the name of the river that flows into the lake near Tushemisht, is mentioned in early texts of antiquity. The hill overlooking Pogradec is the site of old castle ruins dating back to ??. Pogradec was settled or occupied by Macedonian, Roman, Bulgarian, Serbian, Ottoman, French, Greek, Italian, and German armies. The city is Albanian from 1912 on. One of the first Albanian language schools was started in Pogradec. During the Greeko-Italian war in 1940-1941 Pogradec and the areas around were the cut in two by the war front. The town was a favorite summer escape for many communist government officials and particularly Enver Hoxha. The summer residences and the area around them were sealed off from the public.


Art & Culture

Pogradec is well known for its famous writers and poets such as Lasgush Poradeci, Mitrush Kuteli, and lately, Dhimiter Pojanaku, Liri Seitllari, Luan Starova. Their works are a crucial part of Albanian literature. The town is also the home of nationally acclaimed painters like Anastas Kostandini, Gjergji Lako, Gentian Zeka, and Vangjo Vasili. All kinds of sports are practiced in town, especially by the youth. Pogradec has a professional soccer team (currently in the second division) which holds the name Pogradeci. There are several varsity soccer teams mainly composed of high school students. Even volleyball and basketball are played competitively. During the summer, beach volleyball draws the attention of all the residents. Many professional volleyball teams from Albania and other Balkanic countries participate in a championship which lasts about two weeks. Pogradeci team has been awarded the first prize several times. Other sports to mention are swimming and boxing. The boxing team, "Dragoi", is one of the top teams in the nation and has always trained champions. Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ... This article is about the sport. ... This article concentrates on human swimming. ... For other senses of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ...


Pogradec has also a rich folklore. Many songs and dances have been created throughout the years and it seems that their themes are based on the beauty of the lake and the love for nature. Lately, with the initiative of "Pirro Xexi" puppet theatre, the "Puppet Theater Festival" has been taking place in town. The participants vary from national to European level. A European is primarily a person who was born into one of the countries within the continent of Europe. ...


Archaeology

"In the Balkan Eneolithic period there were settlements on piles at the north end of Lake Ohrid by the outflow; at the east end of Lake Malik by the outflow; on one side of Lake Prespa; on the east side of Lake Kastoria; and on one side of Lake Rudnik (Khimadhitis). The later settlements at Malik were not on piles; the level of that Lake was lower throughout the Bronze Age. When Polybius wrote of the account which was used by Strabo 7.327, there were near the Mt Candavia sector of the Via Egnatia 'the lakes near Lychnidus with their own self-supporting factories for pickling fish'. The two lakes which satisfy this description are Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa. Lake Ohrid (Macedonian: Охридско Езеро, Ohridsko Ezero Albanian: Liqeni i Ohrit) straddles the mountainous border between the southwestern region of the Republic of Macedonia and eastern Albania. ... Map Satellite image Prespa is the name of two freshwater lakes in southeast Europe, shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia. ... Ancient Via Egnatia route Via Egnatia (Greek: Εγνατία Οδός) was a road constructed by the Romans around 146 BC. It was named after Gnaeus Egnatius, proconsul of Macedonia, who ordered its construction. ... Map Satellite image Prespa is the name of two freshwater lakes in southeast Europe, shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia. ...

Castle of Pogradec
Castle of Blace village
Castle of Zemçë village
Fortifications in the village of Selcë e Poshtme
Fortifications in the village of Slabinjë
Prehistoric settlement in the hills of the village of Zagragja
Bridge near the villages Jollë and Llëngë
Bridge near the village of Golik
Bridge near the village of Niçë
Bridge near the village of Çezmë
Bridge in the village of Zgallë
Bridge in the village of Servatinë
Terziu Bridge in the village of Proptisht
Cave settlement in Mokra
St. Marena Monastery in the village of Llëngë
Paleo-christian church and mosaics in the village of Lin
Byzantine church in the village of Lin
Mosaic in the village of Tushemisht
Mosaic of Tren

Blace (Блаце) is a town and municipality located in the Toplica District of Serbia, Serbia and Montenegro. ... The village of Selcë e Poshtme (Lower Selca) is located in the Mokra area of the Pogradec district. ... Mokra is a village in Silesian Voivodship of Poland, in powiat of Kłobuck, located at 50°58 N, 18°55 E. As of 1998 it had 800 inhabitants. ... Lin (or LIN) can refer to several different things: LIN also stands for Local Interconnect Network, which is a bus protocol for computer communications. ... Lin (or LIN) can refer to several different things: LIN also stands for Local Interconnect Network, which is a bus protocol for computer communications. ...

Sport

The football (soccer) club is KS Pogradeci. A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Klubi Sportiv Pogradeci is an Albanian football (soccer) club based on Pogradec. ...


References

  • N.G.L Hammond, Alexander's Campaign in Illyria, The Journal of Hellenic Studies, pp 4-25. 1974

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Coordinates: 40°54′N, 20°39′E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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pogradeci (563 words)
Besides the beautiful beach, your staying in Pogradec is made more interesting by the excursion to the tourist center of Drilon (5 km eastward) with crystal fountains that fill the beautiful channels surrounded with trees and by ornamental plants.
The area of Pogradec, according to the various archives, was inhabited by Illyrian Enkeleys and Dasarets and it is here where a powerful state was established with castles and small towns called Blace, Selce e Poshtme (Lower Selce), Lin, Castle of Pogradec.
The Castle of Pogradec continued to be inhabited during the Roman invasion, but unfortified and did not have the same active life it had before.
Pogradec - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (676 words)
It is the capital of the District of Pogradec, in the County of Korçë, located at 40.87°N and 20.70°E with a population of around 30,000 (2005 est).
Pogradec was settled or occupied by Macedonian, Roman, Bulgar, Serbian, Ottoman, French, Greek, Italian, and German armies.
Pogradec is well known for its famous writers and poets such as Lasgush Poradeci, Mitrush Kuteli, and lately, Dhimiter Pojanaku, and Liri Seitllari.
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