Gjirokaster stretches upwards on sloping cobblestoned streets with unique stone houses, which kind of look like small fortresses. For that reason, the town is known as `The City of Stone`. The most important structure of the city is the castle, which is the biggest castle in Albania. Inside the castle, you can visit the Museum of Weapons,opened in 1971. Weapons from prehistoric times up to World War II are exhibited here. The National Folk Festival has taken place in this castle during the years. The reason why Gjirokaster made it to the UNESCO World Heritage List is the big number of well-preserved Ottoman buildings and you will very quickly see how accurate this statement is. The old town is full of these houses and each of them is beautiful in their own way.
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