It is a city in southern Albania with a population of 43,000 and lying in the historical region of Epirus. Its old town is inscribed on the World Heritage List as "a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate. The city is overlooked by the Gjirokastër Castle. Gjirokastër is the birthplace of former Albanian communist leader Enver Hoxha and notable writer Ismail Kadare.
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