Dropulli is a municipality in the region of Gjirokastra, situated along the highway between Gjirokaster and the Greek border at Kakavije. Dropulli has numerous villages, each with its own unique beauty, nature, and history:

  • Dervican lies 1 km from the highway. In its heart lies the Church of St Ana, a recently restored 17th century church. The houses in Dervican are made of stone. Of particular interest, the house of Zahar Sterios is a 17th century structure, in the same style as the famous houses of Gjirokastra.
  • Two km away from Dervican is the village of Goranxi, and the 16th century Church of St Maria of Ravena. Another attraction is the beautiful Goranxi Gorge, found north of the village. Archaeological discoveries in the area include objects dating to the late Paleolithic period (25 000-7000 years BC).
  • Sofratika is another village on the main road. The village lies on the necropolis of the ancient Roman city of Adrianopoli (aka Hadrianopolis), built in the 2nd century BC. Emperor Adrian ordered the construction of Adrianopoli with the aim of uniting the communities of the Drino Valley, which lacked a regional capital after the famous city of Antigonea was destroyed hundreds of years earlier. Adrianopoli was inhabited until the 6th.

  • Jergucat is another village near the main road. It has a church called St Kozma, and nearby is a Macedonian-style tomb dating to the 3rd century BC.
  • Two other villages of Dropulli are Zervat and Dhuvjan. Dhuvjan has an interesting 16th century monastery.
  • Lower Peshkepia has the 10th century church of Panaja, the oldest church in the area. It once served as the headquarters of Bishop Drinopoli.
  • Before reaching Kakavija, a road on the right leads to the village of Sotira., It is one of the most southerly villages of Albania, near the border with Greece. A 13th century monastery is located in the center of the village.

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on Mar 12, 2019