Mat District

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District of Mat
Rrethi i Matit
Map showing MAT District within Albania
Map showing MAT District within Albania
Country  Albania
County Diber County
Capital Burrel

The District of Mat (Albanian: Rrethi i Matit) is one of the thirty-six districts of Albania, part of Dibër County. It is named after the Mat River, that flows through the district. It has a population of 48,803[2] (2010 estimate), and an area of 1,029 km². Its capital is Burrel. The district consists of the following municipalities:


At the beginning of the 15th century the Lord of Matja was Gjon Kastrioti, father of Skanderbeg.[3] When Skanderbeg began his rebellion against Ottomans he also became the lord of Mat and some other territories as well.[4] A synod of Catholic archdiocese was held in Matja in 1462 by Pal Egnelli known for his baptismal formula.[5]

Notable locals[edit]


Ottoman Bridge in Klos 
Klos, Mat 
King Zog monument in Burrel 
Ulza Lake 


  1. ^ "POPULLSIA SIPAS PREFEKTURAVE, 2001–2010". Albanian Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  2. ^ "POPULLSIA SIPAS RRETHEVE, 2001-2010". Albanian Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  3. ^ Franz Babinger (January 1992). Mehmed the Conqueror and His Time. Princeton University Press. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-691-01078-6. Retrieved 25 July 2013. ....his father, lord of the Matja district in Upper Albania... 
  4. ^ John Musachi (2003). Early Albania: A Reader of Historical Texts, 11th-17th Centuries. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. p. 53. ISBN 978-3-447-04783-8. Retrieved 26 July 2013. Later, Lord Scanderbeg became not only Lord of Mat but also Lord of Kruja, of Dibra and of Birina, i.e. of Randisia, Tomorista, Misia and the Gjonem country down to the sea. 
  5. ^ Robert Elsie (24 December 2012). A Biographical Dictionary of Albanian History. I.B.Tauris. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-78076-431-3. Retrieved 25 July 2013. On his return to Durrës in 1462, Paulus Angelus held a synod in Matja to reorganise his archdiocese. In this connection he is remembered as the author of the baptismal formula he introduced in Albanian, one of the rare records of the Albanian 

Coordinates: 41°34′N 20°1′E / 41.567°N 20.017°E / 41.567; 20.017