Himare Albania - traditional Albanian style

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Himare Albania

Himare is a village next to the port of Albania and belongs to the prefecture of Argyrokastro (Gjirokastre). It lays 32 Nautical miles away from the main port of Corfu Island, opposite the northwest island of Greece "Othoni" and opposite the southeast shores of Italy at the level of Otrando town.

This small port village is situated at the foot of the mountain "Keravnia" (Cikes) and at the estuary of a torrent, next to the Ionian Sea. Because of the position and the way that Himare was built, it took its name from the Greek word Himarros, which means torrent. It has a population of 500 inhabitants, a number that increases up to 3000 during summer time. This comes as a result mostly by the emigrants who return home for their holidays, and the interior tourism, of Tirrana capitol and other Albanian cities. Yachts from Italy arrive at Himare to spend few weeks -between July and August- and to relax in its traditional village that has a coastline of 60 kilometers, sand and pebble beaches. The climate of Himare is dry during the summer season, cold and dry during the wintertime.

The economy is mainly based on agriculture, stockbreeding, and fishing. Its population is constituted by a Greek minority and Albanians, by Greek Orthodox and Moslem believers. Above Himare and the heights of mountain "Keravnia" are four Greek minority villages scattered, with many natural springs. Ontop of the hill named the hill of "prophet Elias" (2025 meters) was situated the fortress of Himare which was destroyed during the second War World. The village of Himare is built in the old traditional Albanian style by handmade carved stone.

History

Himare used to be inhabited in the Neolithic Era. Its first inhabitants were the Molossians, a Pelasgian race. In the 8th century Himare was the territory of the Chaonian tribe, one of the 14 Epirus races.

As centuries went by, Himare was occupied by several conquerors, the Corcyrians, the Corinthians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Normans, the French and the Turks. The biggest massacre of Himarra took place in 1798. At that period Himare was under the possession of the French, when Ali Pasha Fjural Lord of Ioannina convinced Napoleon of his friendly feelings for the French Republic. Napoleon gave him the permition to visit Himare and then during the Easter mass killed without mercy all the Christian inhabitants of this area.

This small village is very proud of its national hero, the Christian Georgios Kastriotis (Skenderbeg) who fought against the Turks for 22 years 1444-1466 having for banner the Byzantine flag of War(a black eagle with two heads n the center and red colour around, the flag that Albania uses today) and died two years later.

 
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