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The Korça Promenade is the heart of the city, and a central point which combines a rich history with its most contemporary architectural, and recreational offerings.
The Korça Promenade, is the main walkway of this beautiful city. Lined with trees, traditional houses, modern cafes and restaurants, the street is a real magnet for local and international tourists. However, Korça is not particularly known as a touristic town. On the contrary, it is precisely the vibrant local life and atmosphere that gives the town its particular authentic appeal. With its warmth and simplicity, this romantic city gently draws you in!
A walk along the famous promenade will acquaint you with Korça’s contemporary life as well as its significant history. At the Promenade’s entrance stands the iconic sculpture, the “Unknown Soldier,” crafted by the renowned Albanian sculptor Odhise Paskali in 1933. The monument commemorates the city’s patriots who fought against foreign invaders. Behind it, the new Orthodox Cathedral Christ’s Resurrection, built in the last few decades, has swiftly become one of the country’s must-see architectural structures.
Another requisite stop is the Museum of the First Albanian School. Located across the street from the “Unknown Soldier”, its yard is decorated by the ABC obelisk, the symbol of the museum. Opened on 7th March 1887, this first secular school in the country is locally known as “Mësonjtorja.” Here, visitors can find copies of the original Albanian ABC-books, as well as a model of a traditional classroom of the time.
As you make your way to the other end of the promenade, you will find the Panoramic (or Red) Tower in the centre of the square. Here, you can take the stairs or the elevator to climb the height of 33 metres and enjoy beautiful panoramas of the entire town. The promenade boasts most of the best restaurants, bars, cafes, and guesthouses in 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.