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A Giant Tale in Albania

By Linda Tancs

The relatively small country of Albania sports a giant tale.  According to legend, the Tomorr and Shpirag mountains in Berat were once giants vying for the affection of a young maiden.  Upon their deaths in the ensuing battle, the maiden’s voluminous tears formed the Osum River.  Nice story, but the locals would much rather you remember their fair town as the “city of a thousand windows.”  That moniker arises from the view below the citadel, where an impressive array of windows strikes the eye thanks to the homes nestled in the rocky castle hill.

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