Pogon, Albania

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Pogon is located in Albania
Coordinates: 40°8′N 20°21′E / 40.133°N 20.350°E / 40.133; 20.350Coordinates: 40°8′N 20°21′E / 40.133°N 20.350°E / 40.133; 20.350
Country  Albania
County Gjirokastër County
District Gjirokastër District
 • Total 177.6 km2 (68.6 sq mi)
 • Total 2,643
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Car Plates GJ

Pogon (Greek: Κάτω Πωγώνι, Kato Pogoni) is a municipality in the Gjirokastër District, Gjirokastër County, southern Albania.[1] It consists of seven villages: Poliçan, Skore, Hllomo, Sopik, Mavrojer, Çatistë and Selckë, of which Poliçan is the administrative center.[2] Selckë is part of a wider region of Lunxhëria, inhabited by Albanian orthodox population, while the rest of the towns belong to the Greek minority zone.[3] Greek is widely spoken in the villages.[4]

Historically each village of Pogon has its own variation of traditional costumes and dresses.[4] The area is part of Pogoni, a region that also includes parts of nearby Pogoni on the Greek side of the border.

In 15th century Pogon came under Ottoman rule and became part of the Sanjak of Ioannina.[5] As part of Albania, the municipality is part of the recognized Greek Minority Zone.[6]

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  1. ^ Albanian government budget legislation
  2. ^ Greece – Albania Neighbourhood Programme
  3. ^ Malo, Foto, Emra vendesh në krahinën e Lunxhërisë (Toponyms in Lunxhëri region) (in Albanian), Tribuna, retrieved 2013-08-29 
  4. ^ a b Hammond Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière. Epirus: the geography, the ancient remains, the history and topography of Epirus and adjacent areas. Clarendon P., 1967, p. 29
  5. ^ H. Karpat, Kemal (1985). Ottoman population, 1830-1914: demographic and social characteristics. p. 146. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Green, Sarah F. (2005). Notes from the Balkans : locating marginality and ambiguity on the Greek-Albanian border. Princeton, NJ [u.a.]: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0-691-12198-7. 

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