temple bektashiThe country is mainly muslim. It can be found the religious Bektashi center in Berat, a moderate branch of Islam (the opposite picture is the Bektashi temple in Libonik, next to Korçë).

Albanians are also catholics (mostly in North) and orthodoxs.

Moderate and tolerant, we see few religious symbols on people and there is a respectful cohabitation.

There are many small orthodox churches in Korca as well as the cathedral in the city center, few decades old (Katedralja Orthodhokse "Ringjallja e Krishtit"). Church Shen Maria, built in 898, is located in the Mbjore village, next to Korçë. One of the oldest mosques of the country is located in the old bazaar neighbourhood (Iliaz Mirahori Xhamia). Its dates back to 1494.

The city is well-known for its religious celebrations. Thus, many Albanians come here for Easter and Christmas.

Korçë city is a cultural capital of Albania. Its twin is Shkodër in North of the country. Korçë is dynamic. Many events (pieces, ballets, concerts, festivals...) are set up in the city or theater (Teatrit Andon Zako Çajupi).


We can list for example:

  • Albamono: theater festival
  • KO:SH film fest: short cut movies festival
  • Sculpture symposium of Korça: sculpture festival taking place over a week in summer. Sculptures stay in the Rinia park then.
  • MIK Fest: classical and opera music festival
  • music fest is also celebrated in partnership with French embassy.

Concerts happen frequently, above all in summer, in bars or old bazaar. Beer festival offers concerts too over a week of festivities, on two stages (stadium and bazaar).


The library has been renovated in 2018 and set up an art gallery too..

musee ecoleThere are several museums in the city::

  • the national medieval art museum. It is appreciated for its icons collection, unique in europe, and for its modern architecture.
  • the Bratko museum. It presents a personal collection, inherited by the city. It comes from a photographer, born in Korca (Gjergj Dhimitër Mborja). He worked and travelled in Asia mainly.
  • the national museum of education. It is located in the building of the first Albanian school.
  • the house of the painter Vangjush Mio.
  • the Romanian house where the museum of the photographer Gjon Mili takes place since the end of 2018.

An interesting archeological site is located few kilometers away from Korçë. It is the Kamenicë Tumulus (Tuma Kamenicë): a circular prehistorical grave (between -1200 and -500).
Pieces from excavations made between 2000 and 2007 are shown in the museum of Kamenicë or in the archeological museum of Korçë.

Eventually, the Voskopojë village is a historical highlight, in which vestiges are still present as monasteries and churches.

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