The road and tourist infrastructure on the UNESCO World Heritage site of Berat, in southern Albania, has been redesigned thanks to a World Bank project to support urban and tourist development in the country.
The reconstruction of the cobblestone pedestrian street "Mihal Komneno"And the panoramic point" Tabia "on the way to the ancient local castle, were built as part of a larger project financed by the World Bank to support four tourist centers in southern Albania, including the world heritage of UNESCO of Berat e Gjirokastra , as well as Saranda e Përmet .
The project from 71 million dollars will help create jobs and support local economic development by improving urban infrastructure, tourism resources and strengthening the capacity of institutions to support tourism at the local level, says the World Bank.
The projects in progress are focused on strengthening the road and underground infrastructure for the ancient castle of the city, the main attraction of the city with overlapping windows.
"With the support of the World Bank, we are working on two important projects in Berat. The rehabilitation of the "Mihal Komneno" pedestrian street and the reconstruction of the "Muzak Topia" road, whose works should start soon. " - says Eris Zenelaj, head of contracts at the state-run Albanian development fund.
Eugen Kallfani, head of the general management of cultural monuments of Berat, says that the reconstruction of the "Mihal Komneno" road is well aligned with Berat's development priorities and the preservation of the city's cultural and historical heritage.
"Speaking of numbers, we expect around 100.000 tourists to visit Berat this year." - says Kallfani in a World Bank documentary.
Built on the banks of the Osumi River over 2400 years ago and home to an ancient castle overlooking the city, Berat is among the main tourist destinations in Albania: the layers of pebbles have carved all the streets of the city and the stone paths that surround the castle , making it look like a decorative carpet woven by hand.
Emergency recovery in Berat
Cultural experts say that dozens of protected cultural monuments, many of which have been abandoned, urgently need interventions and careful restoration must be carried out to preserve the originality of the characteristic houses, some of which have been transformed into guest houses.
From the 2008, the city was included in the UNESCO world heritage list as a rare example of a typical Ottoman period architectural character. Indeed, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities over the centuries.
The area of the castle citadel, for example, includes numerous Byzantine churches, mainly from the 13th century as well as several mosques built during the Ottoman era which began with the 1417. Furthermore, Berat is the testimony of a fortified but open city, which for a long time was inhabited by artisans and merchants.
Its urban center reflects the living tradition of the Balkans, examples of which date back mainly to the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Berat, World Heritage Site
Berat, the city with overlapping windows, defined by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site by Berati, qyteti i një mbi një dritareve https://www.albanianews.it/cultura/storia/iconografia-citta-berat
Posted by Tourism Albania on Monday, March 19, 2018
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