The Tumuli Burials of Kamenica are located in the southern part of Korça, along the national road linking Korça with Erseka. This is one of the most important monuments, representative of Albanian prehistory. Visitingthe site, you will have the chance to be acquainted with prehistoric community life from the 13th – 6th centuries BCE.
The basilica, where the mosaics can be found, is located in the village of Lin, 22 km north of Pogradec. They date back to the 6th century CE and have different motives, including floral and geometrical. They are similar to other mosaics found in Durrës.
The Monumental Tombs of “Selca e Poshtëme” (Lower Selca) are 2,400 years old, located 40 km from the modern city of Pogradec. Selca was a town founded by the Illyrian tribe of Desartes in the 6th century BCE. It is thought that Pelion was the residence of the Illyrian king, Klit, located in Selca. The settlement reached its greatest prominence in the 3rd – 4th centuries BCE, when its protective surrounding walls encircled an area of 3 hectares. Five monumental tombs in Ionic style have been excavated from this archaeological site. Four of the carved tombs are located inside tunnels. Although examples of these types of tombs can be found throughout southern Italy, few are known to exist in the Balkans. It is suspected that vast treasures were buried inside the tombs.
Goliku Bridge is a medieval bridge with a hunch, or hump, upon the main cantilever. It lifts up on two circled vaults divided by a discharger window. Along the causeway the bridge has a length of 37 meters, and the vault’s width is 2.8 meters. The large vault has a light area of 7.4 meters, 9.4 meters from the water, and a width of 90 centimeters.
At the big vault’s end are 20×20 centimeter holes for gripping the crib’s balk. The right vault has an opening of 6.3 meters and a thickness of 75 centimeters. The discharger window has an opening of 1.2 meters wide by 3 meters high. The causeway was made with river stones, with brace girdles every 1.2 meters, and it has a right incline of 16% and a left incline of 11%. The vaults were made with scale stone and the front walls of lime and stuff stones.
The Ristozi Church of Mbroje in Korça is defined and framed by the naos, a porch that lies in the western and southern parts. The church structure is an inscribed crosstype. In the eastern wall, we find the semicircular Abside, with an arched Nike. Two other Nikes, reaching the ground, are in the southern and northern walls. The church has two entrance portals, one in the southern part and the other in the eastern part.
At the junction point of the cross beams, an equiangular tumbler lifts up on a podium. According to the building techniques and its form, studies suggest that the church was likely built during the 14th century CE.
The Churches of Voskopoja are in a small mountain village perched at a height of 1200 meters above sea level, 21 km west of Korça. It was once a very prominent city along the “Egnatia Road,” reaching its height in the middle of the 18th century CE with 24 churches and monasteries. Only seven ofthese twenty four churches remain today.
The Church of Saint Michael (Shën Mëhilli) was painted 1726 in by the Zoografi brothers.
The Church of Saint Athanas (Shën Thanasi), together with the cemetery, are from 1724 CE. The church was built by five masters from Kastoria. The Church of Saint Ilias (Shën Ilia) and the Church of Saint Mary (Shën Mëria) are from 1722 CE.
Vithkuqi is a mountain village in the district of Korça, 26 km southwest of the city. In the 17th century CE, Vithkuqi was an important urban center with 27 churches.
In the region of Korça there are also a number of old churches in the villages of Boboshtica, Shipska (17th century CE), on the island of Maligradi in Lake Prespa, the Eremite Churches on the coast of Lake Prespa and the Church of Saint Nicolas in the village of Vodica (1799 CE) in the region of Kolonja.
The site is well known for the churches of Saint Michael (Shën Mëhillit) (18th century CE) together with the cemetery, Saint Peter’s Church (Shën Pjetri) and Saint Paul’s Church (Shën Pavlli). The famous Zoografi brothers painted the frescoes of the churches of Saint Michael and Saint Peter.
In the city of Korça there are also several museums. You may pay a visit to the Prehistoric Museum, the Museum of Education, the Museum of Medieval Arts, the Museum House of Vangjush Mio (a notable painter) and the Museum of Oriental Art Collection, Bratko. In the city of Korça you may also visit the Mosque of Ilias Bey Mirahori, the oldest monument in the city.

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