Peqin

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Peqin
Municipality
Mosque and clocktower in Peqin
Mosque and clocktower in Peqin
Peqin is located in Albania
Peqin
Peqin
Coordinates: 41°3′N 19°45′E / 41.050°N 19.750°E / 41.050; 19.750Coordinates: 41°3′N 19°45′E / 41.050°N 19.750°E / 41.050; 19.750
Country  Albania
County Elbasan County
District Peqin District
Area
 • Total 17 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 48 m (157 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 8,942
 • Density 530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3501
Area code(s) 0512
Car Plates PE

Peqin (Albanian: Peqin, Peqini, in history named: Claudiana) is the capital of the Peqin District in central Albania. The town has a population of 10,000. The ancient name of Peqin was Claudiana. The city's modern name derives from the Ottoman form Bekleyin, which means a place of hospitality. During Ottoman rule Peqin belonged to the Sanjak of Elbasan. The Ottoman Peqin Castle still exists, along with some original parts of the mosque of Abdurrahman Pasha, who had been the governor of Wallachia and Moldavia (former Bogdania). Peqin's football team, KS Shkumbini, plays in the Albanian superleague. KS Shkumbini is famous for its fans, called Besniket (faithful).

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