Peqin

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Peqin
Municipality
Official seal of Peqin
Seal
Peqin is located in Albania
Peqin
Peqin
Coordinates: 41°3′N 19°45′E / 41.050°N 19.750°E / 41.050; 19.750Coordinates: 41°3′N 19°45′E / 41.050°N 19.750°E / 41.050; 19.750
Country Albania Albania
County Elbasan
Government
 • Mayor Saimir Hasalla (PJIU)
Area
 • Municipality 197.79 km2 (76.37 sq mi)
 • Administrative Unit 17 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 48 m (157 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Municipality 26,136
 • Municipality density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
 • Administrative Unit 6,353
 • Administrative Unit density 370/km2 (970/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal Code 3501
Area Code (0)512
Vehicle registration AL
Website Official Website

Peqin (definite Albanian form: Peqini, Turkish: Peklin, in history named Claudiana) is a town and municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. The municipality was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Gjoçaj, Karinë, Pajovë, Peqin, Përparim and Shezë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the town Peqin.[1] The total population is 26,136 (2011 census), in a total area of 197.79 km2.[2] The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 6,353.[3]

History[edit]

The city dates back 2000 years, it is mentioned as Illyrian fortress.[4] The ancient name of Peqin was Claudiana. The city's modern name derives from the Ottoman form Bekleyin, which means a place of hospitality. During Ottoman rule Peqin belonged to the Sanjak of Elbasan. The Ottoman Peqin Castle still exists, along with some original parts of the mosque of Abdurrahman Pasha, who had been the governor of Wallachia and Moldavia (former Bogdania). Peqin's football team, KS Shkumbini, plays in the Albanian superleague. KS Shkumbini is famous for its fans, called Besniket (faithful).

Notable people[edit]

  • Abdurrahman Pasha, former governor of Wallachia and Moldavia within Ottoman Empire[citation needed]
  • Bujar Cani, Football Player, National Team of Albania
  • Ferdinand Deda, Music Director
  • Murat Manahasa, Veterinary researcher and professor[5]
  • Mustafa Gjinishi, activist during National Liberation War
  • Demir Godelli, communist leader, responsible of Comintern during World War II in Albania
  • Hekuran Isai, post World War II communist politician
  • Gugash Magani, Football Player, Football Manager
  • Rifat Teqja, Music Director

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