Gorna Gorica

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Gorna Gorica
Горна Горица, Goricë e Madhe
Gorna Gorica is located in Albania
Gorna Gorica
Gorna Gorica
Coordinates: 40°53′39″N 20°54′10″E / 40.89417°N 20.90278°E / 40.89417; 20.90278Coordinates: 40°53′39″N 20°54′10″E / 40.89417°N 20.90278°E / 40.89417; 20.90278
Country Albania Albania
County Korçë
Municipality Pustec
Administrative Unit Pustec
Population (2000)
 • Total 515
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Gorna Gorica (Macedonian: Горна Горица), previously officially known as Goricë e Madhe, is a village in the Pustec Municipality of the Korçë County in Albania.[1] It is situated west of Lake Prespa and the village of Tuminec, and northwest of the village of Dolna Gorica.


Gorna Gorica is the location[2] of a fortified town called Pellion[3] of the ancient Greek[4] tribe of the Dexaroi. The site later became an ancient Macedonian fortress.[5]

In the late 19th century, the village came under the Bulgarian Exarchate. According to the exarchate, the village had 33 houses and 404 Orthodox Christian residents at that time.[6]

In 2013, the village's official name was changed from "Goricë e Madhe" to "Gorna Gorica".[7]


Year Population
1900 285
1926 511 (with Dolna Gorica)
1945 201
1960 329
1969 369
1979 406
1989 489
2000 515 [1]


  1. ^ Law nr. 115/2014[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Barrington atlas of the Greek and Roman world by Richard J. A. Talbert, 2000, ISBN 0-691-04945-9, page 755
  3. ^ An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis: An Investigation Conducted by The Copenhagen Polis Centre for the Danish National Research Foundation by Mogens Herman Hansen, 2005, page 326
  4. ^ The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume 6: The Fourth Century BC by D. M. Lewis (Editor), John Boardman (Editor), Simon Hornblower (Editor), M. Ostwald (Editor), 1994, ISBN 0-521-23348-8, page 423: "These Dassareti not to be confused with the Greek speaking Dexari or Dessaretae lay between the Dardani and the coastal people of the Ardiaei,"
  5. ^ The campaigns of Alexander by Arrian, Aubrey De Sélincourt, ISBN 0-14-044253-7, 1971, page 50: "Pelium was a Macedonian border fortress"
  6. ^ Българите в Албания I част
  7. ^ "Pas Pustecit, edhe 7 fshatra të Korçës me emertime maqedonase" (in Albanian). Info Arkiv. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2014.