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Travels on the Silk Road:
The city of Berati/Albania is a little off the ancient Via Egnatia but stands since 2500 years at the crossroads of trade routes. The part Gorica (shown here, seen from the citadel) is one of the Christian-dominated parts of the city (you recognise the 16th century St. Spyridon monastery). A workshop version shows the predominantly Moslem quarter of Mangalem. In Berati, peaceful coexistence of Christians and Muslims was not wishful thinking but a reality; at least nothing is known of fights between the various factions. In the 20th century Berati has profited from farsighted city planning, new construction took place only outside the 18th-century byzantine-ottoman parts. Today Berati is one of the great attractions of Albania.

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