Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

ICOMOS (2008) Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra. [ICOMOS Evaluation]

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Abstract (in English)

The Historic Centre of Berat is located in the Osum river valley in Central Albania. The site has evidence of early occupation from the Neolithic period. A permanent fortified settlement developed here from the 4th century BC. The town then underwent continuous development embodying the Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, European medieval, Ottoman and Albanian cultures. It bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. The vernacular housing dates from the 18th and 19th centuries, representing an innovative and open version of the Balkan housing typology, adjusted to the needs of artisans and merchants. The wall paintings of the medieval churches of Berat have won great renown, especially for the 16th century painting school established by Onufri.

Item Type: ICOMOS Evaluation
Name of property (in English): Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra
Name of property (in French): Centres historiques de Berat et de Gjirokastra
Corporate Authors: ICOMOS
Languages: French, English
Keywords: historic towns; World Heritage List; historic monuments; vernacular architecture; Ottoman period; criteria; justification for inscription; ICOMOS Evaluation; Outstanding Universal Value; conservation; management
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 05. Criteria
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 10. Advisory body
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
UNESCO WHC Number: 569
National Committee: ICOMOS
Number of Pages: 20
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2010 15:26
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/438

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