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 Nov 26 2021

The Albanian Dita e Pavarësisë, the City of a Thousand Windows and One of the Oldest Gospel Books Existing

Dita e Pavarësisë is the Independence Day of Albania, commemorating the Albanian Declaration of Independence from the Ottoman Empire on 28 November 1912. It is also called Dita e Flamurit or Festa e Flamurit, which is translated as Flag day. It refers to the rise of the Albanian flag in Vlorë, coinciding with an ancient date, when the similar flag was raised in Krujë, Albania, on 28 November 1443.

Almost every balcony throughout the country will be decorated with the Albanian flag, as a sign of pride and remembrance. If the public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, as this year, it will be observed on the following Monday.

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Colonel Dritan Stroni is exercise planning Team Leader in the J7 Division responsible for the JSEC exercise planning, and referring to his previous experience he is contributing to JSEC evaluation issues. Stroni is married, has two children, and lives in Tirana, but his hometown is Fier, an important city in southwestern Albania, surrounded by many ancient settlements and historical sites. On weekends, and whenever he and his family are visiting their relatives in Berati, they find time to visit these wonderful places.

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Berat Castle
Well known for its cultural heritage, historic architecture and natural beauty, Berat officially is called "Museum City", or "the City of a Thousand Windows", due to the many large windows of the old decorated houses overlooking the town. The coexistence of religious and cultural communities over several centuries is apparent here, and in 2008, the city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Did you know two of the oldest Gospel Books of mankind are from Albania?

One of the most interesting cities in Albania is Berat, which is over 2400 years old. Well known for its cultural heritage, historic architecture and natural beauty, Berat officially is called "Museum City", or "the City of a Thousand Windows", due to the many large windows of the old decorated houses overlooking the town. The coexistence of religious and cultural communities over several centuries is apparent here, and in 2008, the city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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In 1967, two of the seven "purple codices" still existing were rediscovered in an old church in Berat Castle, after being hidden and forgotten for many years. These ancient manuscripts are very important for the scientific research into biblical, liturgical and hagiographical literature. The other five "purple codices" are in Italy (Vaticans and Rossano), France (Paris), England (London), and Greece (Athens).

They date from the sixth to the eighteenth centuries and represent one of the most valuable treasures of the Albanian cultural heritage. Today, they are kept at the Albanian National Archives in Tirana.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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Dita e Pavarësisë is the Independence Day of Albania, commemorating the Albanian Declaration of Independence from the Ottoman Empire on 28 November 1912.
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Albania's Independence Day is also called Dita e Flamurit or Festa e Flamurit, which is translated as Flag day. It refers to the rise of the Albanian flag in Vlorë, coinciding with an ancient date, when the similar flag was raised in Krujë, Albania, on 28 November 1443.
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The seven ancient "Purple Codices" are very important for the scientific research into biblical, liturgical and hagiographical literature. 
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On weekends, and whenever Stroni and his family are visiting their relatives in Berati, they find time to visit the ancient settlements and historical sites in the area.

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