The stone bridges in Vjosa basin (Albania): Hidden values following roman tradition to the middle of 19th centuries


  • Laura Shumka
  • Andi Papastefani
  • Kimete Tataveshi


Bridges, Ottoman period, Cultural values, Heritage, Landscape


The bridge is basically a utilitarian structure created to maintain communications in the face of difficulties in both an open natural environment and the man-made physical structure. The urge for people "to cross over to the other side" for existential concerns is related to the bridge's first appearance. As each time the conditional natural characteristics (geomorphology, river flows, water reservoirs, etc.) are presented, on the path of his physical barriers that frequently occur, they redirect travel routes and govern the lives of people and their communities, from the level of the individual man to the highest state level. Nowadays, bridges are present in entire Vjosa basin and its tributaries enabling communication along Vjosa itself, Shushica, Drino, Langarica, Zagoria etc


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