UNESCO World Heritage
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Berat Historic Centre

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First visited by us on November 25, 2020
TL;DR: Berat is a small and beautiful historic town in the south-central of Albania. The layout and style of the Historic Centre are the results of the peaceful coexistence of Ottoman Islam with a large Christian minority. Outside of the old fortified city, it is mostly influenced by the Muslim Ottoman period. The inside, on the other hand, its style is from the Christian Byzantine era. In general, it is also influenced by a more independent lifestyle linked to its history as a trade and handicraft centre.

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Berat Historic Centre

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Welcome to our collected information about the UNESCO World Heritage Site officially known as “Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra”! If you travel here and ask about it, the site is in Albanian/Shqip known as Qendrat Historike të Beratit dhe Gjirokastrës. We call it Berat Historic Centre or just Berat.
[ ˈbɛɾat ]

Town of a Thousand Windows

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Where is Berat

So far we have made three fantastic trips to this beautiful and diverse continent. The adventures have been to some very different places. Our first was to the North West, to Morocco. The next was to the island country, Cape Verde. Our latest adventure was truly an adventure, we spent about two weeks in Tanzania.
Europe
Albania
Berat County

How small big large HUGE v-a-s-t is it

58.9
1 Hectare is 0.01 km² and 0.004 mi²

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1 km² is 100 Hectare and 0.386 mi²

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1 mi² is 259 Hectare and 2.589 km²

Why is Berat
a World Heritage Site

World Heritage Type

Cultural

Natural

Mixed

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Berat is a small and beautiful historic town influenced by an almost disappeared society and life-style in the Balkans. The layout and architecture of the Historic Centre are the results of the peaceful coexistence of Ottoman Islam with a large Christian minority. Outside of the old fortified city, it is mostly influenced by the Muslim Ottoman period. The inside, on the other hand, its style is from before the Ottomans, from the Christian Byzantine era. In general, it is also influenced by a more independent lifestyle linked to its history as a trade and handicraft centre.

UNESCO's  2 Why

Cultural Reason #3
Cultural Reason #4
Berat is a small and beautiful historic town. It's influenced by an almost disappeared society and life-style in the Balkans. The old town layout and architecture are a result of the peaceful coexistence of Ottoman Islam with a large Christian minority. It is also influenced by a more independent lifestyle linked to its history as a trade and handicraft centre.
The historic centre of Berat has its own unique style of architecture with both churches and mosques. Its layout and style outside of the old fortified city are very influenced by the Muslim Ottoman period. The inside, on the other hand, has its style from before the Ottomans. Much of the layout there is from the Christian Byzantine era. Here you have influences from several civilizations and religions that have managed to survive throughout history in peaceful coexistence.
Testimony to Cultural Tradition or Civilisation
Significant Stage in Human History

World Heritage Protection Status

Protected

Endangered

Lost

Timeline for the Berat World Heritage Site

2008-07-10

Tentative

Albania nominated Berat Historic Centre to become a World Heritage Site.

2008-07-10

Inscribed

The application from Albania was approved and Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra officially became a World Heritage Site.

2008-07-10

Inscription Changed to "bis"

Things change. So did things for Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra. The Historic City of Berat was added to the original site Museum-City of Gjirokastra. Because of this, the name was changed to the Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra. Because of this there are some letters after the UNESCO Reference Number 569. After this update, Berat’s is bis.
2020-11-25

Visited by us!

Landmark event, obviously! Our first visit to the Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra World Heritage Site. This was our 126 site visited out of the 134  we have travelled to so far.

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Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
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Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania
Berat Historic Centre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Berat, Albania