Vithkuq

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Vithkuq
Municipality
Vithkuq is located in Albania
Vithkuq
Vithkuq
Coordinates: 40°31′N 20°35′E / 40.517°N 20.583°E / 40.517; 20.583Coordinates: 40°31′N 20°35′E / 40.517°N 20.583°E / 40.517; 20.583
Country  Albania
County Korçë County
District Korçë District
Government
 • Mayor Azis Panariti
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Car Plates KO

Vithkuq is a municipality in the Korçë District, Korçë County, southeastern Albania.[1] The municipality consists of the villages Vithkuq, Leshnje, Gjanc, Lubonjë, Rehovë, Roshanj, Trebickë, Grabockë, Treskë, Stratobërdh, Panarit, Shtyllë and Cemericë.[2]

History[edit]

The town's history started in the post-Byzantine period. During the 17th-18th centuries Vithkuq became a local center of culture and trade, being on a strategic location on the Berat-Korçë road. In 1792, Vithkuq was composed of the following neighborhoods: Borisha, Tataçi, Llas, Qyrsa, Syrbashi, Krekasi, Palasi, Kolaqerkasi, Kovaçasi, Saraçi, Rusasi and Dukasi.[3][4] From the end of 18th century, various factors turned Vithkuq into a small mountain village. Vithkuq hosts several churches and monasteries that were built during its period of prosperity.[5][6]

World War II[edit]

On August 15, 1943, during World War II, the first storm brigade of the Albanian National Liberation Army was formed near Vithkuq under the command of Mehmet Shehu. Around 800 partisans took part in the following parade, which was attended by important members of the Albanian Communist party like Enver Hoxha and Mehmet Shehu.[7]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albanian government budget legislation
  2. ^ Greece – Albania Neighbourhood Programme
  3. ^ Petraq Pepo (ed.): Materiale dokumentare për Shqipërinë juglindore. Tiranë, 1981.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Kirchhainer, Karin (2003). "Das Ossuarium des Petrus- und Paulus- Kloster in Vithkuq (Nordepirus) und seine Freskendekoration (1750)" (PDF). Makedonika (in German) 34 (04): 149–208. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  6. ^ Rousseva R. Iconographic characteristics of the churches in Moschopolis and Vithkuqi (Albania), Makedonika, 2006, v. 35, pp. 163-191. In English and Greek, with photographs of icons and inscriptions.
  7. ^ Pearson, Owen (2006). Albania in Occupation and War: From Fascism to Communism 1940-1945. I.B.Tauris. pp. 266–7. ISBN 1-84511-104-4. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kurtiqi, Gjikë. Vithkuqi i 24 Kishave dhe 100 Krojeve, Libri i Parë, Tirana 2008.
  • Kurtiqi, Gjikë. Vithkuqi: Larg dhe Afër, Libri i Dytë, Tirana 2009.