ghost town, once the largest city in the Balkans

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It seems unbelievable that sleepy Voskopoja was once the largest city in the Balkans – bigger even than Athens – or that it had the only printing press in the region outside Istanbul.

Seven churches remain as a legacy from that eighteenth century heyday and although they have intricate frescoes, it is not always easy to gain access to them.

The town is one of the few centres of the Vlach population in Albania. This group speak a language similar to Latin or Romanian.

Voskopoja is an hour’s drive (easy to get a taxi) from Korca.

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