Stunning example of Albania’s architectural heritage, Gjirokastra

Education Portal – Gjirokastra, Albania

Albania’s architectural heritage is a mystery to most of us. These educational materials will give you an entrance into this intriguing topic. Combine a hands-on session in Gjirokastra’s Ottoman-era World Heritage City with a study of these materials to design an internship or boost your resume. Our current studies focus on the Skenduli house, one of approximately 350 tower houses remaining – many in dire need of maintenance and preservation.

From serious scholars to interested travelers, this collection of materials offers a valuable education for all.



General Information


Albanian Ottoman architecture

Conservation Issues

Conservation in Gjirokastra

  • Gani Strazimiri, “Gjirokastra dhe e saj kulturale” (Gjirokastra and its cultural value). In: Monumentet, 2, 1971, p. 85-102 [Albanian with French summary].
  • Ilia Papanikolla, “Masat kundër lagështirës në banesën gjirokastrite” (Measures against humidity in buildings of Gjirokastra). In: Monumentet, 2, 1971, p. 103-118 [Albanian w. French summary].
  • Thanas Kamberi, “Disa të dhëna mbi teknikën e ndërtimit të banesës Gjirokastrite” (About the construction techniques of houses of Gjirokastra). In: Monumentet, 2, 1971, p. 157-163 [Albanian with French summary].
  • Leonard Suli, “Studim për restaurimin e banesës së Kabilajve në qytetin e Gjirokastrës” (Study of the restauration of the Kabilaj house in the town of Gjirokastra). In: Monumentet, 12, 1976, p. 107-132 [Albanian with French summary].
  • Emin Riza, “Arkitektura dhe restaurimi i banesës së Zekateve – Gjirokastër” (Architecture and restoration of the Zekate house of Gjirokastra). In: Monumentet, 13, 1977, p. 107-132 [Albanian with French summary].
  • Fatbardha Shkupi, “Zbukurimorja e disa banesave gjirokastrite” (Ornamental decor of some houses of Gjirokastra). In: Monumentet, 32, 1986, p. 99-115 [Albanian with French summary].
  • Gilkes, Oliver, “Letter from Albania: Saving the Silver City. The effort to preserve Albania’s little known treasure”. In: Achaeology, vol. 62/3, May/June 2009, p. 49-54.

Conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean

  • Conservation and the Eastern Mediterranean. Contributions to the Istanbul Congress, 20-24 September 2010. Edited by Christina Rozeik, Roy Ashok, David Saunders. London: International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works 2010.


Conservation of wall paintings

  • Paolo Mora, Laura Mora, Paul Philippot, Conservation of wall paintings. London, Boston: Butterworths 1984 (1st edition 1977, in French).
  • Sandra Botticelli, Silvia Botticelli, Metodologia di restauro delle pitture murali. Firenze: Centro Di della Edifirmi s.r.l. 1992.
  • The Conservation of Wall Paintings. Proceedings of a symposium organized by the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Getty Conservation Institute, London, July 13-16, 1987. Edited by Sharon Cather. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute 1991.
  • Paint research in building conservation. Edited by Line Bregnhøi, Helen Hughes, Jenni Lindbom, Tone Olstad, Edwin Verweij. London: Archetype 2006.
  • All manner of murals. The history, techniques and conservation of secular wall paintings. Proceedings of the Secular Wall Paintings Symposia organised by the Icon Stone and Wall Paintings Group and supported by English Heritage, London 2004-5. Edited by Robert Gowing, Robyn Pender. London: Archetype 2007.



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