Çorovodë

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Çorovodë
Çorovoda
Çorovodë is located in Albania
Çorovodë
Çorovodë
Coordinates: 40°30′N 20°13′E / 40.500°N 20.217°E / 40.500; 20.217Coordinates: 40°30′N 20°13′E / 40.500°N 20.217°E / 40.500; 20.217
Country  Albania
County Berat County
District Skrapar District
Population (2011)
 • Total 7,124
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 5401-5402
Area code(s) 0312
Car Plates SK
Kasabashi Bridge near Çorovodë

Çorovodë, also written as Çorovoda is the main city of Skrapar District, Albania with a population of around 7,000. The Çorovoda River passes through the city and it is also home to a canyon, known as "Pirogosh". Allegedly, two kings, Piro and Goshi, named the cavern. The name of the town derives from the Slavic for "black water".

The river Osum also passes through the city and forms canyons and caves which are the highest and the longest in Albania[citation needed]. The river provides opportunities for kayaking and other aquatic sport. Also of note is an Ottoman-era stone bridge over the river.

Some archaeologists believe Çorovoda might be the oldest city in Albania[citation needed]. They have found ruins of some churches and a buried castle in Rovica which might be more ancient than the castle of Berat[citation needed].

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Gredec Cliffs near Çorovodë