The John Mill Museum

Rruga Konferenca e Pezës, Korçë, Albania

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Work is under way on the Romanian house in the town of Korça to build the national museum “John Mili”, which will be dedicated to the image of the world-famous Korça photographer. In the museum after the reconstruction will be exhibited 240 photographs of the world master of photography of Albanian origin John Mili, purchased by the Albanian government. “Another value is added to the city center to give the well-deserved recognition to the world-renowned Korça photographer.

Thanks to TAP’s support, this space will become an attraction for tourists and lovers of art and culture. Work on the museum is expected to be completed in May this year, they wrote. John Mili was born on November 24, 1904 in Korça. At the age of 5, his family emigrated to Romania. There, Millie graduated from high school and at the age of 19 moved to America. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lighting engineer. During this time he dealt with photographic art.

His name is a little known in America and France. Important in his life was his acquaintance and friendship with Faik Konica, who encouraged him to lead creativity in the field of art. For 15 years he worked as a photojournalist for the well-known American magazine Life, in 1946 he opened his own exhibition in Paris, while in 1942 he photographed the projectile of a 37mm caliber cannon with an exposure time of one millionth of a second. This picture was called by the time press as the invention of time.

Picasso drawing in the light and a basketball match are two of his famous photographs, first ranked among the top 500 in the world for 150 years for the Photo Book album, London 2002. John Mili is known as a photographer who first used electronic flash and motion photography. He died on February 14, 1984 in the US.

 

Address: Rruga Konferenca e Pezës, Korçë, Albania

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Museum of Oriental Art “Bratko”

Bulevardi Fan Noli 57, Korçë, Albania

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The Museum of Oriental Art “Bratko” (Albanian: Muzeu i Artit Oriental “Bratko”) is an Albanian national museum dedicated to Asian art in Korçë, Albania. The museum was established and opened in June 2003, thus fulfilling the dream of George Dimitri Boria, an Albanian-American photographer, who donated his own collection of Asian art to the museum. Collection which Boria began during his 14 years in post-war Japan as photographer for General Douglas MacArthur, and which continued as a lifelong passion embracing all countries and cultures of the Orient. The name “Bratko” Museum was chosen by G.D. Boria in memory of her beloved mother, Viktoria Bratko, who waited for him in Korca.

The “Bratko” Museum serves as a monument to an extraordinary man, his family, and his native land.

 

Address: Bulevardi Fan Noli 57, Korçë, Albania

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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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Mësonjëtorja e Korçës

Rruga Raqi Qirinxhi 20 Korçë Albania

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The Albanian national Korça teacher was opened on March 7, 1887. Its creator was Naim Frashëri who in cooperation with his brother Sami Frasheri and other Albanian rebels managed to get a “permission on behalf of the High Gate Pandeli Sotir, to open an Albanian school in Korça. ” Teacher and director of this school was assigned Pandeli Sotiri. The school was placed at the free donated home for teaching by patriot Diamant Terpo, who was a member of Bucharest’s “Light” Society. [4] [5] Pandeli Sotiri began teaching in Albanian initially with 35 students. The opening of this school by character had democratic traits, as it was to teach the children of all the poor, rich and rich. This school had a preparatory class as well as four regular classes. The subjects were writing, singing, grammar of Albanian language, history, geography, arithmetic, natural wisdom and physical education. First Albanian Teacher Teacher inbound Although in difficult conditions, when learning the Albanian language due to the conditions under Ottoman rule was strictly prohibited, the Korça schoolmaster remained open for 15 years – it was closed in 1902 to revel in 1908 It was closed again in 1912 and opened after five years in 1917. Its proponents were renowned Albanian Renaissance figures such as: Frasheri Brothers, Petro Nini Luarasi, Naum Naçi, Thoma Avrami, Qiriazi Family, etc. On October 15, 1891, Gjerasim Qiriazi along with his sister Sevasti Qiriazi opened here also the Girls’ Teacher, whose base was also Albanian and national culture.

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  • The bazaar is an object of early historical, cultural and artistic value. It is characterized by a one and two storey building, narrow alleys of a construction style that attracts visitors’ attention. In the past centuries, the bazaar has been the place of trade exchanges coming from Turkey, Greece, Trieste and Venice. He has been remarkable for the hosts placed one after the other, where it is worth distinguishing between the Hani i Elbasanit and the Hani i Manastirit who served as a dormitory for people coming from outside the city. The market with about 1,000 stores reached its peak during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the urban structure of the city, the bazaar created a separate ensemble. The two parts of the bazaar that separated from the river were connected with wooden bridges, while the main road that came from the city crossed the river over a stone bridge with berths above which stores were built. The bazaar was burned three times but was rebuilt. Now the bazaar continues to function just as before and has cultural and monumental values

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Voskopojë

Korçë, Albania

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  • Geographical position Voskopoja is located between Gora and Opar (20km). The village is surrounded by high hills and woods by fairs. The climate in this village is with fresh summer and cold winter with snowfall during most of this season. Here are some natural tracks for skiing. This village is known for its clean air and the healing strength of respiratory diseases. This village can be called a pearl of the Albanian landscape. The history of Voskopoja begins to be written in the 14th century (14th century), but this village had not gained fame until the 17th century (17) when the progress in culture and education became known. Voskopoja had 24 churches with frescoes of the most beautiful present today, only 7 of them survive. Background Voskopoja, once a center of economic, cultural and art development, full of prosperity, recognized the pace of trade of the time with other important centers of Albania, the Balkans and beyond. Trade with the West and the East, as a crossroads where the cultures of the time met, gave comprehensive development to the city. Its founding is supposed to be around 1330, from a Vlach community, inhabiting even the Albanians, while the Church of St. Nights, built on a hill, was the oldest church (today rebuilt on the ruins of the burnished church ), around which the first houses were built. Church architecture, icon masters and frescoes such as David Selenica, Zografi from Korça, Konstantin Ieromonaku, an iconostasis master is still this fortune that has resisted time, wars, damage by man’s hand, as the unique witness of that civilization, are those that show its unrepeatable values.

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The Clock Tower of Korçë (Albanian: Kulla e sahatit e Korçës) is a historic Ottoman Turkish clock tower dating from the 18. century and recently reconstructed. It is situated in the Old Bazaar of Korçë city in Albania.
The clock tower was built in 1784 after an agreement between Muslim Albanians and Orthodox Moscolopans (Moscopole was a centre of the Aromanian minority in Albania), and was part of the Mosque Complex of Iliaz Hodja built in 1490.
The tower was made of stone and had a typical Ottoman style. It was destroyed during the communist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha due to an earthquake on May 21, 1960.

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Ura e Golikut

Pogradec, Albania

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It is 17 m long, 3 m wide, 10 m high. It is the art work of the old street ” Via Egnatia “. It was built in the second century and is classified as a first-class culture monument. It is a bridge with two semicircular wings, one of them is a discharge window (also with a semicircle), and in the column between the two arches, water is formed by a water slope, characteristic of most bridges with two or more rafters in Albania). The bridge is built with carved stones, where the lower part of the crevice has big stones and worked well, not just for aesthetics, but to make the structure more solid and stronger.

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Muzeu Kombetar i Artit Mesjetar

Rruga Sotir Peçi 2, Korçë, Albania

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The National Museum of Medieval Art in Korça was inaugurated on April 24, 1980. It is one of the most important museum centers in Albania and beyond. His fund has over 7,000 artefacts, mostly icons and fewer stone, wood, metal and textile works created from the early Middle Ages to the early 1900s. XX of anonymous and well-known artists from different parts of the country. In the main hall are set a collection of icons and objects of the best, created for centuries that reflect different moments of development of Albanian iconography and their main representatives. There are works of anonymous authors of the c. XIII-XIV and other well-known ones such as: Onufri, Onufër Cypriot, Teacher Constantine, Jeromonaku, Shpataraku, Selenicasi, Zograf brothers etc.

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