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Dardhë is located in Albania
Coordinates: 40°31′7″N 20°49′37″E / 40.51861°N 20.82694°E / 40.51861; 20.82694Coordinates: 40°31′7″N 20°49′37″E / 40.51861°N 20.82694°E / 40.51861; 20.82694
Country  Albania
County Korçë County
District Korçë District
Municipality Drenovë
Population (2000)
 • Total 502
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Dardhë is a community in the municipality of Drenovë in the Korçë District, Korçë County, Albania[1] and a well known ski area of Albania since the 1920s.[2] In 2012, the first ever ski tow in Albania was opened at Bigell Ski Resort near Dardhe.[3]


A Greek school was founded in the village in 1810 by Ikonomou Isidoros,[4] while at the beginning of the 20th century Greek education was flourishing with the establishment of additional schools: a girl's school (1901-1902) and a middle level school.[5] In the school season of 1901-1902 a total of 150 pupils attended the Greek schools, which were sponsored by the local community fund, as well as the local Orthodox Church.[5] The first Albanian school opened in 1917, with the initiative of Leonidha Çika, starting with initially 20 pupils, and with financing from the Vatra, which will sponsor the new school in 1924 that is still in place today.[6]

Dardha has historically suffered from heavy emigration. Many families of the area would become the first Albanian community in USA, and Romania as well. People from Dardha have given an immense contributor to Albanian American organization. Sotir Peçi, Josif Pani, Gjergj Konda etc. would start the society "Besa-Besë", "Kombi" newspaper, and the unification of the Albanian American societies into a single federation, Vatra, with Sotir Peçi as one of the initial founders.[7]

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  1. ^ Albanian government budget legislation
  2. ^ http://www.hoteldardha.com/
  3. ^ Ski resort Bigell - Dardha center - Korçë County, Albania, EveryTrail, retrieved 9.10.13  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Σχολή Ντάρδας. [School of Dardhë]". Κάτοπρον Ελληνικής Επιστήμης και Φιλοσοφίας (University of Athens) (in Greek). Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  5. ^ a b Athina, Koltsida. "Η Εκπαίδευση στη Βόρεια Ήπειρο κατά την Ύστερη Περίοδο της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας [Education in Northern Epirus during the late Ottoman Empire]". Phd dissertation. University of Thessaloniki. pp. 134, 348,. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Mësuesi i Parë në Shkollën Shqipe në Dardhë 1917 [First teacher of the Albanian school in Dardhe] (in Albanian), Dardha.org, retrieved 9.10.13  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ JOSIF PANI - Publisher and patriot of the Albanian colony in America
  8. ^ "Η Λάρισα κατά την Επανάσταση". eleftheria.gr. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Dardha.org
  10. ^ Rozi Theohari (2.6.2008), FESTA E ABETARES NË SHKOLLËN SHQIPE TË BOSTONIT [The Primer's Feast in Albanian school in Boston] (in Albanian), Boston: Ballikombi.org, retrieved 9.10.13  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)

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