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The Korça Promenade, is the main walkway of the city. Lined with trees, traditional houses, modern cafes and restaurants, this street is a real magnet for local and international tourists. However, Korça is not a touristic town. On the contrary, it is precisely the vibrant local life and atmosphere that gives the town its particular appeal. With its warmth and simplicity, this romantic city draws you in!
A walk in the famous Promenade will acquaint you with Korça’s contemporary life and its significant history. At the Promenade’s entrance stands the iconic sculpture “Unknown Soldier,” realized by the renowned Albanian sculptor Odhise Paskali in 1933. The monument commemorates the city’s patriots who fought against the foreign invaders. Behind it, the new Orthodox Cathedral Christ’s Resurrection, built in the last decades, has swiftly become one of the country’s must-see architectural objects.
Another requisite stop is the Museum of the First Albanian School. Located across “Unknown Soldier,” its yard is decorated by the ABC obelisk, the museum’s symbol. Opened in March 7th, 1887, this first secular school in the country is locally known as “Mësonjtorja.” Here, the visitor can find copies of the original Albanian ABC-books as well as a model of a traditional classroom.
As you make your way to the other end of the Promenade, you will find the Panoramic (or Red) Tower in the center of the square. Here, you can take the stairs or the elevator to climb the height of 33 meters and enjoy beautiful panoramas of the entire town. Hence, the name! The Promenade boasts most of the best restaurants, bars, cafes, and guesthouses of the city. One of the best places to have your morning coffee, lunch, afternoon glass of wine or even spend the night is Vila Themistokli. Its warm, contemporary yet traditional atmosphere, and the beautiful veranda surrounded by trees and flowers, make it a wonderfully pleasant place to relax.