Çorovodë

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Çorovodë
Municipal unit
Çorovodë in the hills of Skrapar with river Osum
Çorovodë in the hills of Skrapar with river Osum
Çorovodë is located in Albania
Çorovodë
Çorovodë
Coordinates: 40°30′N 20°13′E / 40.500°N 20.217°E / 40.500; 20.217Coordinates: 40°30′N 20°13′E / 40.500°N 20.217°E / 40.500; 20.217
Country  Albania
County Berat
Municipality Skrapar
Elevation 300 m (1,000 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Municipal unit 4,051
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 5401-5402
Area code 0312
Vehicle registration SK
Website http://bashkiacorovode.gov.al
Kasabashi Bridge near Çorovodë

Çorovodë, also written as Çorovoda is a town and a former municipality in Berat County, Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision and the seat of the municipality Skrapar.[1] The population at the 2011 census was 4,051.[2] The name of the town derives from the Slavic for "black water". It was the seat of the former Skrapar District.

The river Osum passes through the city. Upstream it forms canyons and caves which are the highest and the longest in Albania[citation needed]. The river provides opportunities for kayaking and other aquatic sport.

The smaller Çorovoda River also flows through the city and mouths into the Osum river. Five km northeast of Çorovodë it formed the Gradec Canyon. In one of its cliffs the presumably biggest cave of Albania named "Pirogosh" is located. Allegedly, two kings, Piro and Goshi, named it. Also of note is the Ottoman-era Kasabashi stone bridge over the Çorovoda river.

Some archaeologists believe Çorovodë might be the oldest city in Albania[citation needed]. They have found ruins of some churches and a buried castle in Rovica which might be more ancient than the castle of Berat[citation needed].

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Gradec Cliffs near Çorovodë