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Municipality and City
Building in Pukë
Building in Pukë
Pukë is located in Albania
Coordinates: 42°03′N 19°54′E / 42.050°N 19.900°E / 42.050; 19.900Coordinates: 42°03′N 19°54′E / 42.050°N 19.900°E / 42.050; 19.900
Country Albania
County Shkodër County
District Pukë District
 • Mayor Beqir Arifaj
 • Total 40.21 km2 (15.53 sq mi)
Elevation 890 m (2,920 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 6,148
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Postal code 4401
Area code(s) 0212
Website http://www.bashkiapuke.al

Pukë is the capital of the Pukë District in northern Albania. The town has a population of 6,495 (2005 est.). The local football club is called KS Tërbuni Pukë.

At 838 metres above sea level, the town is one of the highest in elevation in Albania and a well known ski area. It is 150 km from Albania's capital, Tirana. Situated on the road from the Adriatic to Kosovo, the town developed during the 4th–2nd centuries B.C. In ancient times, it was known as Picarea. The ancient town was destroyed by a barbarian invasion. The town has also been known as Pezhve. This area has a 2,000-year-old tradition of resin sculpture. The remains of this tradition are located in a quarter of Pukë town. In the 20th century, Pukë was expanded as a military base and a centre of Catholic Education. The distinguished Albanian poet Migjeni worked there from 1936 to 1937. The school where he worked as a teacher is a tourist attraction. The town is surrounded by a 400-hectare massif covered with pine trees. Since the end of the communist era, there has been a spread of disease in the pines caused by pine processionary moths, whose nests are conspicuous.

The hotel standing in the town square has been upgraded and now boasts a micro brewery producing Puka Beer, which is a lager in draught form.

The name Pukë comes from Latin via publica "public road" as it was located on an old trade route.


The author refers to processionary disease in Pukë on a cycle trip through Albania, including a stay in the town, described on page 213

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