French Cemetery in Korça

Bulevardi Rilindasit, Korçë, Albania

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According to historical documents of the time, hundreds of soldiers of the French forces were killed on the Balkan Peninsula, who undoubtedly defended and fought for the interests of their state … Not a few of them, according to the archives of the time, were also killed in Korça. The French government showed great care for its martyrs even though it was a war. She decided to group them into one country and when the war was over she would withdraw them to her country.

Having cooperative relations with the Korça nobles and the leaders of the patriotic movement of the time, the French military command thought to establish a cemetery for the killed soldiers in Korça. The provincial council, which at that time administered the Autonomous Province of Korça, according to documents stored in the Korça museum, donated the land where the cemetery of French soldiers who had fallen in World War I would be built.

This land was located to the north of the city. During the ensuing war, the French brought all their fallen soldiers to the Balkan Peninsula for eternal rest in the suburbs of Korça. Their number reached 640. Not all were of French nationality after France mobilized soldiers from its colonies during the war. Consequently, in these graves there are soldiers of French, Italian, Moroccan, Algerian, Korean and even Vietnamese nationality …

Address: Bulevardi Rilindasit, Korçë, Albania

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