Zekate House, Gjirokaster

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An intact Ottoman tower house, Zekate House is an example of a combination of Turkish and Albanian design sensibilities. You must request access to the house at the tourist office in the center of town, and be sure to ask for information on the attraction in English. A neighbor next door to the attraction keeps the key and lets you into the space. On the ground floor is a kitchen and a cistern. Take the central staircase to the family rooms and the third-floor reception room. The latter is covered in frescoes from ceiling to floor and lined with sofas in traditional Balkan style. By using our Gjirokaster road trip planner , you can arrange your visit to Zekate House and other attractions in Gjirokaster.
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  • This is the house of my late grandfather. It is absolutely worth visiting. There is so much history inside this house. It is build in 1812 representing a typical Ottoman Style. Every room has its char...  more »
  • Zekate House should definitely be visited if you're in Gjirokastra, but while it's an important example of Ottoman-era Albanian fortress living - built in the early 19th century by the fearsome Ali Pa...  more »
  • In little Gjirokastra today there are more than 300 monuments of culture and architecture. In many respects their safety contributed to the Declaration of life e. Hoxha Museum city of Gjirokastra, and then making it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Such historical monuments belongs and the House-Museum of Zekate (Zekate House, Shtepia e Zekateve). Most of the mansions of Gjirokastra are privately owned, and many of them are managed by the descendants of those noble families that long ago built these houses-fortresses. Zeko family, whose name the House is still in the XIX century was one of the richest families of the city. The House was built by a family in 1811-1812, but when the Communists (in the 40-ies of XX century) it was nationalized, and the owners were resettled in outbuilding formerly used as housing for workers. After the fall of the House has been returned to the original owners and is again in the hands of heirs, Zeko kind. Zekate family home is one of the most interesting Ottoman mansions in Gjirokastra, a classic example of Ottoman urban architecture. ...
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  • This is an excellent example of traditional Ottoman style architecture typical of the Gjirocaster area. Like many of these homes it is showing its age and could benefit from some professional preservation efforts.
  • Must see. Great view from top floor
  • A perfect conserved ottoman house. Must see in Gjirokaster
  • Have to do it after skenduli house, the two are awesome
  • Amazing House, Great View

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As a World Heritage Site, Gjirokaster attracts a fair number of tourists. However, there are a limited number of hotels, and even fewer hostels. The town is divided into two sections: the atmospheric old town is up on a hill, and the newer part is down below in the valley. Most of the historical attractions lie in the old town; staying here puts you within easy reach and saves you a daily walk or taxi ride up and down the hill.
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