Vuno

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Vuno
Village
Vuno Albania.jpg
Vuno is located in Albania
Vuno
Vuno
Coordinates: 40°8′23″N 19°41′37″E / 40.13972°N 19.69361°E / 40.13972; 19.69361Coordinates: 40°8′23″N 19°41′37″E / 40.13972°N 19.69361°E / 40.13972; 19.69361
Country  Albania
County Vlorë County
District Vlore District
Municipality Himarë
Population
 • Total 486
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Vuno (Greek: Βουνό) is a village in the Albanian Riviera. It is located in the municipality of Himarë, in the District of Vlorë, Albania, along the road between Himarë and Dhërmi. The village is known for its many World War II heroes.

Name[edit]

It is said that because of the village's situation on the hills, which ascend to about 300 metres (980 ft), the village's name derives from the Greek word Vouno, meaning "mountain".[1]

History[edit]

The village has many churches, but they are not operational as currently there are no priests in the village.[2] A church that can be found in the Jali beach dates back to the 14th century and has a Venetian architecture.[2] Two other churches, dedicated respectively to St. Spyridon's Church, Vuno (1778) and to Saint Mary (1783) are still relatively well preserved.[2] Local legend holds that the inhabitants of the village hail from the city of Shkodër and moved to Vuno, where they built the church of Saint Mary. The church is still well preserved at a salient point of the village, called Scutara.[2] This church used to be a catholic one but subsequently it was converted into an Eastern Orthodox one.[2]

The village gave many partisans to the National Liberation Army, during World War II. Four of them were posthumously awarded with the People's Hero of Albania decoration. The most well known of them is Zaho Koka.[2]

Attractions[edit]

The beaches of Vuno together with the ones in Himarë represent the main tourist attraction of the municipality during the summer months.[3] Jaliskari beach, between Vuno and Dhërmi, has became a well-known summer resort attracting tourists all over the world.[1]

Language[edit]

The inhabitants of Vuno use both Albanian and Greek, as in many villages of the region, although in the day-to-day language, mainly Albanian is used[4] The Albanian local dialect is a southern Tosk one, more precisely a Labërisht sub-dialect.[5] Labërisht itself is composed of non-unical language groups.[6]

The Greek School of Vuno in 1909

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gregorič p. 46
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Dede, Alqiviadh (15 shtator 2009). "Bregu i detit – Vunoi dhe Jali si perlat e tij". Gazeta Shqip (in Albanian). Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Gregorič p. 45
  4. ^ Gregorič, Nataša. "Contested Spaces and Negotiated Identities in Dhermi/Drimades of Himare/Himara area, Southern Albania" (PDF). University of Nova Gorica. p. 63. Retrieved 2010-08-15. "In their day-to-day conversations locals of Dhermi, Palase, and Himara mainly use a Greek dialect and partly a southern Albanian (Tosk) dialect, while the locals of Ilias, Vuno, Qeparo, Kudhes, and Pilur mainly speak the Albanian tosk dialect" 
  5. ^ Gjinari, Jorgji (1989). Dialektet e gjuhës shqipe (in Albanian). Academy of Sciences of Albania, Institute of Linguistics. p. 57. 
  6. ^ Totoni, M (1971). Dialektologjia shqiptare I, Vëzhgime rreth të folmeve të Kurveleshit (English: Albanian dialectology I, Observations on the Language of Kurvelesh) (in Albanian). p. 85. 

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