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Elbasan - Key information

Elbasan, the fourth-largest city in Albania, is a hub of historical significance and cultural diversity, nestled between the Skanderbeg Mountains and Myzeqe Plain along the Shkumbin River. The name Elbasan is a nod to its fortified past, derived from the Ottoman Turkish for “the fortress.”

Elbasan’s cultural landscape is rich and varied, reflecting its history of occupation by Serbs, Bulgarians, Austrians, Italians, and its period as a center of Islamic tradition during the Ottoman era. The city also played a role in the early 20th-century language reforms, where it stood as a bastion for the Arabic script during debates over the adoption of the Latin alphabet for Albanian.

The city houses several historically significant Orthodox churches, including Saint Mary Orthodox Church, built on the ruins of a previous structure that burned down. This church, adorned with the work of Onufri and other restorers, also served as the first Albanian school in modern Elbasan. Other Orthodox landmarks in the area span centuries, showcasing the architectural and religious heritage of the region.

Elbasan is known for its museums, such as the Ethnographic Museum and the “Kostandin Kristoforidhi” house, which highlight the area’s rich ethnographic and literary history. The city celebrates Summer Day, a holiday marking the end of winter, with traditional desserts like ballokume and gatherings that underscore its community spirit. Elbasan’s religious variety is further enriched by the presence of the National Autocephalous Albanian Church, a schismatic group that broke away from the Albanian Orthodox Church.

Population

78700

Average Air Quality
Annual Sunshine Hours

Somewhat High (61st-70th percentile)

Annual Average Rainfall

Below Average (31st-40th percentile)

Driving Distance From Major Population Centre

This is a large population centre. ,   minutes drive away. 

Distance From Airport

52 minutes away by car.

Healthcare Availability

Altitude, m

129

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