Konispol

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Konispol
Municipality
Konispol is located in Albania
Konispol
Konispol
Coordinates: 39°40′N 20°11′E / 39.667°N 20.183°E / 39.667; 20.183Coordinates: 39°40′N 20°11′E / 39.667°N 20.183°E / 39.667; 20.183
Country  Albania
County Vlorë County
District Sarandë District
Elevation 389 m (1,276 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 2,561
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9705
Area code(s) 0891
Car Plates SR

Konispol is the southernmost town in Albania. It sits one kilometer away from the Albanian-Greek border. The municipality consists of the town Konispol and the village Çiflik.[1] The town's main interests are agriculture and viticulture. The city is the center of the Cham Albanian community.

History[edit]

The area was part of the ancient region of Epirus. Was founded by Thesprotian Greeks as Konispoli (Greek: Κονίσπολις, Κονίσπολη), near the ancient Nekromanteion. The modern Albanian name Konispol is derived from the original Greek name.

In 1943, Konispol is noted for being the battleground of a fierce conflict between German-Cham collaborationist units and the Albanian resistance.[2]

In 1992, 7 caves were discovered just north of the town. They dated from the Upper Paleolithic age to the Iron Age.

Modern Period[edit]

Konispol, due to its proximity to the Albanian-Greek borders, it is part of the European Union's Greece – Albania Neighbourhood Programme for improving the standard of living of the local population by promoting sustainable local development in the cross-border area between the two countries.

Location[edit]

Konispol is:

  • 191 kilometres (118 miles) from Tirana (Geographically and by road).
  • 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) from the Albanian-Greek border (Geographically).
  • 4 kilometres (3 miles) from Sagiada, Greece (Geographically).

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greece – Albania Neighbourhood Programme
  2. ^ Meyer, Hermann Frank (2008). Blutiges Edelweiß: Die 1. Gebirgs-division im zweiten Weltkrieg [Bloodstained Edelweiss. The 1st Mountain-Division in WWII] (in German). Ch. Links Verlag. ISBN 978-3-86153-447-1. 

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