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10 Fairy-Tale Towns You’ve Never Heard of in a Country You Rarely Think Of

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Berat Town: The Town of a Thousand Windows

WHERE: Berat, Albania

Standing in a rugged mountain setting in the heart of the country, Berat has earned the title of ‘Town of a Thousand Windows’ for the endless number windows climbing up the steep hill around the old town. In 2008, the evocative town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved impressive Ottoman-style houses and fairytale atmosphere.

The three old quarters in Berat (Kalaja, Mangalan, Gorica) feature traditional dwellings of white-washed walls, tiled roofs, and cobbled streets and create an iconic image of the town that is so well-known for its magical looking.

Despite the destruction of the communist regime, Berat still retains outstanding examples of old architecture that range from the historic neighborhoods standing at the foot of the mountain (Mangalan and Gorica) to the living castle strategically perched on a hilltop (Kalaja).

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