The municipality of Ura Vajgurore will change its toponym to Dimal, just as the city was called in antiquity.
The city council voted yesterday in favor of the name change. The idea was born when the mayor of the city, Juliana Memaj, began to interest the ancient city of Dimal by setting up a working group (composed of archaeologists, journalists, directors, intellectuals and inhabitants of the area) to bring to light the ruins of Dimal.
It is the first time since the beginning of 1992, since 36 new districts were established in the post-communist Albania in the national urban network, that the change of a toponym is undertaken. The city of "Urë Vajgurore" - "Kerosene Bridge", had this name in the period between 1946 and 1947, in reference to the kerosene tanks installed there, which were refined later in Kuçovë (called "Petrolia ”By the Italians).
Dimal, the ancient city of Illyria
The decision of the city council does not aim at geographical changes but aims to bring a development to the area through the historical / cultural tourism of the site of Dimal, one of the oldest cities of Illyria dating back to the II century BC
Dimal was one of the most fortified cities in Illyria and played a fundamental role in the Illyrian-Roman battles. The symbol of the city was a boy, Dimal, champion of the games that were organized at the time.
In the 219 AC Demeter Fari, the king of the Ardians, who had previously been the commander of the army of Queen Teuta, had placed a garrison in Dimal, considered a city that could end up in the hands of the enemy.
The ancient settlement of Krotina Fortress is located west of Mount Shpiragu in the municipality of Cukalati, in the district of Berat. The fortress took its name from the homonymous district of the village of Allamres, located in the south-western part of the hill.
The settlement of Krotina stands on a beautiful hill, which starts from the western part of Shpirag and continues to the left of the Berat-Fier road.
From east to south the castle is bordered by the villages of Bistrovica and Allamres, while on the north-west side the hill descends into a series of terraces that reach the valley of the Cukalat stream. The geographical position, as well as the dominant position of the castle hill, allowed a strong natural protection of this Illyrian settlement.
The inhabitants of the village of Krotina, from generation to generation, pass on a proverb that says: "Dimal was created by God, therefore it cannot be taken by man".
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