History of the city: Berat
Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the country's most beautiful towns. The city's life began in the 6th-5th century B.C. Later it was turned into a castle city known as Antipatrea. The castle expanded afterwards, particularly during the feudal dominion of Muzakaj family. Inside the castle,they built churches
with precious frescos and icons
, and also a calligraphy school. Today, the castle is unique by the fact that people continue to live inside it. Two other major neighborhoods of the old city are Mangalemi, which is below the castle whose windows stand above each other; and Gorica that stands across the Osumi River. The arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780, is a architectural, beautiful monument constructed to link Gorica with Mangalemi. The coexistence of religious and cultural communities over several centuries, beginning in the 4th century BC into the 18th century, is apparent in Berat.
In 1417,the Ottomans occupied Berati and this conquest left its mark with the building of monuments
to the Islamic faith
Other sites that you must visit are the Ethnographic Museum
, , situated inside an 18th century cardak building, and the Gallery of Arts "Eduard Lear" (a well known English painter) who painted so much of Berati and Albania, The city of Berati is a good starting point to explore Mount Tomori, one of the highest mountains in Albania and it is also called the Albanian Olympus, or Gods' Throne.
For the adventurous team work loving soul Rafting in the Osumi Canyon
is fun unique option. The trip takes place in the Canyon of Osumi, one of the most beautiful places in Albania, where you will explore the river and its stunning surroundings; incredible rock formations and amazing waterfalls. Another idea would be to taste the wonderful wine "Cobo"
as Berati is known for its culinary and traditional dishes.