BERATI (THE CITY OF THOUSAND WINDOWS)

In this blog post, i want to tell more about my city and how beautiful it is.The city of Berat in south-central Albania is renowned for its historic architecture and scenic beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Berat was one of the most important Albanian cities during the Ottoman era, and a major craft center specializing in wood carving. Today, it is one of the best preserved Ottoman cities in the Balkans.

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Berati - houses in Mangalem

 

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What makes Berat so special are its traditional Balkan style houses that climb up the side of the hill upon which the 13th century Berat Castle is situated. These houses, belonging to the late 18th and the 19th centuries, typically have two floors with the ground floor made of stone, and a prominent upper floor painted white, and roofs covered with red ceramic tiles.

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They have large wooden windows which, because of the steepness of the hill and close construction of the houses, appear to be stacked one over the other. This view from the district of Gorica, on the left bank of Osum river, which flows through the city, have earned Berat the moniker of “the city of thousand windows”.The pine forests above the city, on the slopes of the towering Tomorr mountains, provide a backdrop of appropriate grandeur. The Osumi river has cut a 915-meter deep gorge through the limestone rock on the west side of the valley to form a precipitous natural fortress, around which the town was built on several river terraces

Berat, AlbaniaAccording to an Albanian legend, the Tomorr mountain was originally a giant,

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who fought with another giant (mountain) called Shpirag

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over a young woman. They killed each other and the girl drowned in her tears, which then became the Osum river.But most beautiful part of the city is a fortress overlooking the town of BeratAlbania. It dates mainly from the 13th

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century and contains many Byzantine churches in the area and Ottoman mosques. It is built on a rocky hill on the left bank of the river Osum and is accessible only from the south. It is situated at an elevation of 214 meters (702 ft).

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Just a few km away from city is another beautiful place called Osumi Canyons it is so wonderful place here are some pictures of Osumi canyons

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I wanna share a very delicious recipe that is very popular here, called TAV KOSI and is not difficult to prepare once you try u gonna thank me later.

INGREDIENTS

  • 100 butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1.2 kg boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 5 cm pieces
  • 3garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 55 g(¼ cup) long-grain white rice
  • ¼ cup oregano leaves
  • 50 g(⅓ cup) plain flour
  • 650 greek style-yogurt
  • 4eggs
  • green salad, to serve (optional)0714-Teaser-recipe-tave-kosi-(baked-lamb-and-rice-with-yoghurt)Heat 20 g butter and oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Season lamb, add to pan and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until golden. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until golden, then add 200 ml water. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until lamb is just tender. Drain off liquid leaving 150 ml, stir in rice and oregano. Season and then transfer to a 3-liter capacity baking dish. Set aside.Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat remaining 80 g butter in a small saucepan. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Set aside.Whisk together yogurt and eggs. Season, then whisk in flour mixture until smooth. Pour over lamb, smooth surface and bake for 40 minutes or until golden and meat is tender. Serve hot with a salad, if desired.insalata-campagnia

 

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