Map showing Tepelenë District within Albania
Tepelenë District (Albanian: Rrethi i Tepelenës) was one of the thirty-six districts of Albania (which were dissolved in 2000) that is now part of Gjirokastër County. It had a population of 23,800 (2010 estimate), and an area of 817 km². It is in the south of the country, and its capital was Tepelenë.
Tepelenë District is home to a number of bottled water plants. It is also known for a visit by Lord Byron of Great Britain during the 19th century. Such was the impression made that he wrote the poem titled "Mother Albania" depicting the natural beauty of Albania and the loyalty and fierceness of its warriors.
At the Vjosa (Greek:Aoos) Narrows ("Aoi Stena") in the district, a Macedonian army barred the way to Epirus and, in 198 BC, a decisive battle, the Battle of the Aous, took place between a Roman army commanded by Consul Titus Quinctius Flamininus and the Macedonians commanded by Philip V. After an attempt of a truce and an inconclusive battle, a sheperd led the Roman army to a point where the Macedonians could be attacked and the Romans won the battle.
The district consisted of the following municipalities:
Note: - urban municipalities in bold
- Information about Tepelenë District (in Albanian)
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