|• Mayor||Gjon Gjonaj (SP)|
|• Municipality||505.53 km2 (195.19 sq mi)|
|Elevation||890 m (2,920 ft)|
|• Municipality density||22/km2 (57/sq mi)|
|• Administrative Unit||3,607|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Pukë is a town and municipality in northern Albania. It was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Gjegjan, Pukë, Qelëz, Qerret and Rrapë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the town Pukë. The total population is 11,069 (2011 census), in a total area of 505.53 km2. The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 3,607. The local football club is called KS Tërbuni Pukë.
At 838 metres above sea level, the town is one of the highest in elevation in Albania and a well-known ski area. It is 150 km from Albania's capital, Tirana.
Situated on the road from the Adriatic to Kosovo, the town developed during the 4th–2nd centuries B.C. In ancient times, it was known as Picarea. The ancient town was destroyed by a barbarian invasion. The town has also been known as Pezhve. This area has a 2,000-year-old tradition of resin sculpture. The remains of this tradition are located in a quarter of Pukë town. In the 20th century, Pukë was expanded as a military base and a centre of Catholic Education. The distinguished Albanian poet Migjeni worked there from 1936 to 1937. The school where he worked as a teacher is a tourist attraction. The town is surrounded by a 400-hectare massif covered with pine trees. Since the end of the communist era, there has been a spread of disease in the pines caused by pine processionary moths, whose nests are conspicuous.
Puka is home to 7 Northern Albanian tribes.
The hotel standing in the town square has been upgraded and now boasts a micro brewery producing Puka Beer, which is a lager in draught form.
The name Pukë comes from Latin via publica "public road" as it was located on an old trade route.
- Altin Lala - Former captain of Albania national football team and Hannover 96
- Kristjan Sokoli - NFL player
- West Cenaj - footballer
- Xhovalin Delia - Painter
- Fabio Gjonikaj - footballer
- Taulant Marku - footballer
- Sebino Plaku - footballer
- Flavio Prendi - footballer
- Shtjefën Gjeçovi - Catholic priest, folklorist and the collector and writer of Kanuni i Lekë Dukagjinit/Kanun (Albania)
- Ndoc Mark Gega - Patriot
- Tani Berisha - Singer
- Dava Gjergji - Folk singer
- Vitore Matoshi - Folk singer
- Anjeza Ndoj - Folk singer
- Kristina Marku - Folk singer
- Mark Frroku - Politician
- Millosh Gjergj Nikolla - Teacher, poet and writer
- Ndue Shyti - Folk musician
The author refers to processionary disease in Pukë on a cycle trip through Albania, including a stay in the town, described on page 213
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