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Himara
Himara
or Himarë (from Greek: Χειμάρρα, Himarra) is a bilingual[1] region and municipality in southern Albania, part of Vlorë
Vlorë
County. It lies between the Ceraunian Mountains
Ceraunian Mountains
and the Ionian Sea and is part of the Albanian Riviera. The region consists of the town of Himarë and the villages of Dhërmi, Pilur, Kudhës, Qeparo, Vuno, Ilias,[2] and Palasë. The region of Himara
Himara
is predominantly populated by an ethnic Greek community.[3][4][5][6]

Contents

1 Geography 2 Attractions 3 History

3.1 Antiquity 3.2 Middle Ages 3.3 Ottoman period 3.4 Late Ottoman period 3.5 Modern

4 Demographics

4.1 Religion 4.2 Language

4.2.1 Himariote dialect of Greek 4.2.2 Himare subdialect of Lab Albanian

5 Politics

5.1 Minority issues

6 Sports 7 Notable people 8 Gallery 9 See also 10 References 11 Sources 12 External links

Geography[edit] The Himara
Himara
region is a strip approximately 20 km long by 5 km wide, bounded by the 2000 metre high Llogara mountains to the northeast (known in antiquity and in the local Greek dialect as the Ceraunian mountains
Ceraunian mountains
(Greek: Κεραύνια Όρη, Keravnia ori, "Thunder Mountains") and the Ionian Sea
Ionian Sea
to the southwest. There are long white sandy beaches and the few hills close to the sea are terraced and planted with olive and citrus trees.[7] The villages of Himarë are perched up high on the spurs of the Ceraunian range in positions which offered natural defences against the nearby Lab Albanians during the Ottoman era.[4] Attractions[edit]

Riviera of Himara

The area has a great potential for tourism, with the major characteristics of the municipal town being its seaside promenade, the Greek tavernas and the traditionally preserved old town built on a hill.[8] The town of Himarë consists of the old town, Kastro, situated on and around the old castle and the coastal region of Spilea, which is the touristic and economic center of the region. Other parts of the town are Potami, Livadhi, Zhamari, Michaili and Stefaneli. North of the town of Himarë lie the villages of Vuno, Ilias, Dhërmi, with its coastal region Jaliskari, and Palasë. Dhermi contains a number of recently built beach resorts. On the mountains lie Pilur
Pilur
and Kudhës, while Qeparo
Qeparo
lies to the south of the town of Himarë.[7] The region has several Orthodox churches and monasteries, built in the traditional Byzantine
Byzantine
architecture, like the Monastery of the Cross, Athaliotissa, Saint Theodore, Virgin Mary in Dhërmi
Dhërmi
and Saint Demetrius. Moreover, a number of churches are located inside the castle of Himarë, which was initially built in classical antiquity, like the Church of Virgin Mary Kasopitra, Episkopi, which is built on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo, as well as the Aghioi Pantes church, in the entrance of the castle. Additional monuments in the castle include the mansion of the Spyromilios
Spyromilios
family and the Greek school.[7] History[edit] Antiquity[edit]

Tribes of Epirus
Epirus
in ancient times.

In antiquity the region was inhabited by the Greek tribe of the Chaonians.[9] The Chaonians
Chaonians
were one of the three principal Greek-speaking tribes of Epirus, along with the Thesprotians
Thesprotians
and the Molossians.[10][11] The town of Himarë is believed to have been founded as Chimaira[12] (Χίμαιρα[13]) by the Chaonians
Chaonians
as a trading outpost on the Chaonian shore. However, another theory suggest that it comes from Greek χείμαρρος (cheimarros), meaning "torrent".[14] In classical antiquity, Himarë was part of the Kingdom Epirus
Epirus
under the rule of the Molossian
Molossian
Aeacid dynasty, which included King Pyrrhus of Epirus. When the region was conquered by the Roman Republic
Roman Republic
in the 2nd century BC, its settlements were badly damaged and some were destroyed by the Roman General Aemilius Paulus. Middle Ages[edit]

Ruins of the Himara
Himara
Fortress, locally known as 'kastro'.

Himara
Himara
and the rest of the southern Balkans passed into the hands of the Byzantine
Byzantine
Empire[15] following the fall of Rome, but like the rest of the region it became the frequent target of various attackers including the Goths, Avars, Slavs, Bulgars, Saracens
Saracens
and Normans. Himara
Himara
is mentioned in Procopius of Caesarea's Buildings (544)[16] as Chimaeriae, being part of Old Epirus
Epirus
and that a new fortress was built in its location. In 614, the Slavic tribe of the Baiounetai invaded the area and controlled a region from Himarë to Margariti
Margariti
called "Vagenetia".[16] The use of the name "Chaonia" in reference to the region apparently died out during the 12th century, the last time it is recorded (in a Byzantine
Byzantine
tax collection document). In 1278, Nicephorus of Epirus surrendered to the Angevins the ports of Himarë, Sopot and Butrint. As a result, Charles of Anjou controlled the Ionian coast from Himarë to Butrint.[17] It was later ruled by Serbian Empire
Serbian Empire
between 1342 and 1372. In 1372 Himarë, together with Vlora, Kanina and Berat
Berat
region was given as a dowry to Balša II
Balša II
due to his marriage with the daughter of John Komnenos Asen. After the death of Balša II, his widow and his daughter (who married Mrkša Žarković) managed to keep the possession of the region up to 1417 when the Ottomans captured Vlora.[18] Ottoman period[edit]

The flag of Himara
Himara
during the Ottoman era, depicting the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
overran northern Epirus
Epirus
from the late 14th century, but being a natural fortress, Himara
Himara
was the only region that did not submit to Ottoman rule. It became a symbol of resistance to the Ottoman but suffered from an almost continuous state of warfare. In the summer of 1473 the chieftain John Vlasis, with a small unit from nearby Corfu as well as with native Himariot support, took control of the entire coastal region from Sagiada
Sagiada
to Himara, but when the ongoing Ottoman-Venetian war ended (1479) the region was again under Ottoman control.[19] In 1481, one year after the Ottomans had landed in Otranto
Otranto
in southern Italy, the Himariotes joined the forces of Gjon Kastrioti II (son of Skanderbeg) in his uprising against the Ottomans.[20] The uprising failed, but the Himariotes rose up again in 1488, and between 1494–1509, destabilizing Ottoman control but failing to liberate their territory. The Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Suleiman the Magnificent
personally mounted an expedition in 1537 that destroyed or captured many surrounding villages but did not manage to subdue the area. The Ottomans found it necessary to compromise with the inhabitants by giving them a series of privileges: local self-government, the right to bear arms, exemption from taxes, the right to sail under their own flag into any Ottoman port and to provide military service in time of war.[21] However, despite the privileges, the Himariotes revolted during the following conflicts: Ottoman–Venetian War (1537–40), Ottoman–Venetian War (1570–73), Morean War
Morean War
(1684–99), Ottoman–Venetian War (1714–18)
Ottoman–Venetian War (1714–18)
and the Russo-Turkish wars of the 18th century. On the other hand, Ottoman reprisals depopulated the area and led to forced Islamizations which finally limited the area's Christian population by the 18th century to the town of Himarë and six villages.[22] Additionally the Himariotes were often attacked by the Labs, a nearby Albanian tribe, on the grounds of race and religion.[23] In one occasion, in 1577, the chieftains of Himarë appealed to the Pope
Pope
for arms and supplies promising to fight the Ottomans. They also promised to transfer their religious allegiance to Rome, provided that they will retain their Eastern Orthodox liturgical customs since the majority of the population was Greek and didn't understand the Frankish language.[24] During these years, the people of Himarë established close links to the Italian city states, especially Naples
Naples
and the powerful Republic of Venice, which controlled Corfu and the other Ionian Islands, and later with Austro-Hungary. It was at this time (18th century), that many Himariotes emigrated to Italy, while they still maintain their Greek identity.[25] The first school in the region opened in 1627, where lessons were held in the Greek language. The following years (until 1633) Greek-language schools opened also in the villages of Dhërmi
Dhërmi
and Palasa.[26] During the Ottoman period, judicial authority in Himarë and the surrounding villages was exercised by community courts also known as "councils of elders", that consisted exclusively of laymen. Their decisions was subject to the sanction of the local Orthodox bishop who belonged to the metropolis of Ioannina.[27] In 1720, the villages of Himara, Palasa, Ilias, Vuno, Pilur
Pilur
and Qeparo refused to submit to the Pasha of Delvina.[28] In 1759-1760 local agents of the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
reported that the population of Himarë was willing to join an anti-Ottoman uprising, provided the Russians would support a liberation movement of the Greek-inhabited regions of the Ottoman Empire.[29] Late Ottoman period[edit]

Ethnographic map based on the work of P. Aravandinos of the Epirus region from 1878.

In 1797, Ali Pasha, the Muslim Albanian ruler of the Ottoman Pashalik of Yanina, led a raid on the town of Himarë because they supported his enemy, the Souliotes, and more than 6,000 civilians were slaughtered.[30] Two years later, Ali Pasha tried to create good relations with the Himariotes after declaring their enclave part of his emerging semi-independent state, by financing various public works and churches. A church he built near Himarë, opposite of the Porto Palermo (Panormos) Castle is the largest and most magnificent in the region and still stands today as a major tourist attraction. Ali Pasha's rule over Himarë lasted about 20 years until it was abruptly terminated by his murder at the hands of the Ottoman agents. Himarë subsequently reverted to its status quo ante of an enclave surrounded by Ottoman territory. To emphasize the region's special status, the terms that the Himariotes had reached with Suleiman the Magnificent were inscribed on bronze tablets at the request of their leaders, who wanted to record the agreement on a durable medium. These tablets are preserved to this day in the Topkapi palace museum in Istanbul. When the Greek War of Independence
Greek War of Independence
(1821–1830) broke out, the people of Himarë rose in revolt.[31] The local uprising failed, but many Himariotes, veterans of the Russian and French Army, joined the revolutionary forces in today southern Greece, where they played a significant role in the struggle.[32] In 1854, during the Crimean War, a major local rebellion broke out, with Himarë being one of the first towns that joined it. Although the newly founded Greek state tried tacitly to support it, the rebellion was suppressed by Ottoman forces after a few months.[33][34] The Himariotes were continuously held suspicious of supporting the expansionist plans of Greece
Greece
in the region, especially during the era of the Albanian national awakening.[35] Modern[edit]

Spyros Spyromilios
Spyromilios
in the entrance of the castle (locally called Kastro) of Himara.

During the First Balkan War, on November 18, 1912, the town revolted under Spyros Spyromilios
Spyromilios
and expelled the Ottoman forces[36][37] in order to join Greece. In March 1914, the "Protocol of Corfu" was signed, which established the Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus, of which Himarë formed a part, though the Autonomous Republic itself formally remained part of the newly formed Albanian state. However, in the Panepirotic assembly in Delvinë, that aimed at the ratifications of the terms of the Protocol by the Northern Epirote representatives, the delegates of Himarë abstained, insisting that only union with Greece
Greece
would be a viable solution.[38] During the First World War, Himarë was under Greek administration (October 1914-September 1916) and then occupied by Italy. The Italians used Austro-Hungarian prisoners of war to build a road running through Himarë, which greatly reduced the region's isolation. Spiro Jorgo Koleka, a native of Vuno
Vuno
and a local leader of the Albanian national movement, opposed the annexation by foreign powers of Himara
Himara
area and the wider region around Vlora .[39] To that effect Koleka was an organiser of the Vlora War, where other local Himariots participated.[39] In 1921 the region came under the control of the Albanian state. The Himara
Himara
question in 1921, regarding the rights of "Himariotes" and their villages Dhërmi, Vuno, Himara, Piluri, Kudhës and Qeparo, was supervised by Albanian government representative Spiro Jorgo Koleka.[40] The government concluded that Albanian was obligatory in school, as the official language, while Greek was free to be taught as a second language, as desired by the people.[40] The locals rose in revolt, in 1924, protesting against a series of measures aiming at Albanisation, and demanding the same privileges they enjoyed prior to incorporation to Albania.[41] Other uprisings followed in 1927 and 1932, both suppressed by the government of king Zog of Albania.[42] Later, Himarë was again occupied by the Italians
Italians
as part of the Italian invasion in Albania. During the Greco-Italian War, the 3rd Infantry Division of the Greek Army
Greek Army
entered Himarë, on December 22, 1940, after victorious fighting against the Fascist
Fascist
Italian forces deployed in the region. The town briefly re-joined Greece
Greece
until the German invasion in 1941. In 2015 the government merged Himara
Himara
with the municipalities Horë-Vranisht
Horë-Vranisht
and Lukovë. The seat of the municipality is the town Himarë.[43] Demographics[edit] The population of the Himarë region is 11,257 inhabitants,[44] with the ethnic composition of both the town and region predominantly Greek.[45][46] The town of Himarë and the settlements of Dhërmi
Dhërmi
and Palasë, which account for the bulk of the region's population, are inhabited by Greeks, while Pilur, Kudhës, Vuno
Vuno
and Ilias are populated by an Orthodox Albanian population.[47] The village of Qeparo
Qeparo
is inhabited by both Greeks
Greeks
(upper neighbourhood) and an Orthodox Albanian population (lower neighbourhood).[47] On the other hand, the latest official census in Albania
Albania
(2011), which has been widely disputed due to irregularities in the procedure,[48][49][50] and its results affected by boycott by part of the Greek minority,[51] shows that 60.38% were registered as Albanians, 24.56% as Greeks
Greeks
and 14.00% preferred not to declare any ethnicity at all. Comparatively, the 2015 Albanian Civil Registry offices suggested a municipal population of 27,049 people, mostly as a result of the Greek community's boycotting of the 2011 census where it recorded only 5,738 people.[52] Historically, there have been several conflicting theories about the ethnicity of the Himariotes. In the early 19th century according to Greek scholar and secretary to Ali Pasha Athanasios Psalidas, three villages of the area were considered Greek, while he also stated that there were also some Orthodox Albanian villages in the region.[53] In general, the allegiances of the locals were in a narrow sense to their respective clans (the "phatriae") and areas, and in a broader sense to their Orthodox religion and cultural heritage. The later factors indicate closer links with their Greek co-religionists than to the Muslim Albanian communities.[54] Religion[edit]

Bell tower of the Orthodox Church.

Part of the Dhermi village with two Orthodox church buildings visible.

The inhabitants of Himara
Himara
are predominantly Orthodox Christians.[55] In 1577, 38 chieftains of the Himara
Himara
region appealed to Pope
Pope
Gregory XIII for arms and supplies against the Ottomans. They promised to switch allegiance from the Orthodox to the Roman Catholic Church, and recognize Philip II of Spain as their sovereign. They asked to retain their Orthodox liturgical customs 'since the majority of the population is Greek and does not understand the Frankish language'.[56] From 1577 to 1765 the population accepted the Pope
Pope
as the religious head of the community and identified with the Roman Catholic Church.[56] The success of the Roman Catholic missionaries among the Eastern-rite Albanians in Himarë led to the region becoming a refuge for Orthodox prelates that had converted.[56] Himariotes thus largely adhered to Christian faith, although individual conversions to Islam were recorded from the early 16th century. One of them, Ajaz Pasha, became Grand Vizier and was sent by the Ottoman Sultan to put down the 1537 revolt of Himariotes. Even so, crypto-Christianity appeared, particularly in the villages of Fterre, Corraj, and Vuno. Moreover, Basilian missions were sent by Rome since 1682,[57] founding a number of Greek schools.[26] In August 2015 Albanian police demolished the renovated Orthodox church of Saint Athanasius
Saint Athanasius
in Dhermi, as local authorities weeks earlier declared it an “illegal construction”.[58] The Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania
Albania
declared it a vandalistic act of desecration and a violation of church property and it also triggered diplomatic protests from Greece.[58] This is the second demolition of the church, the first having taken place during the era of the People's Republic of Albania, but at the time the church was rebuilt by the local Orthodox Church after the restoration of Democracy in the country (1991).[58][59] The Albanian government has promised to rebuild the church after archaeological excavations have taken place.[58][60] The demolition of the religious monument also triggered strong reactions from the European Commission.[61] Language[edit] Himariote dialect of Greek[edit] Main article: Himariote Greek dialect The vast majority of people in Himarë, who call themselves "Horiani" (Greek: Χωριανοί), meaning locals in the local Greek dialect,[62] are bilingual in both Albanian and Greek, while 85% of the municipality's population use Greek as their mother tongue according to the municipal authorities.[7] In the town of Himarë as well as in nearby villages of Dhërmi
Dhërmi
and Palasa mainly speak a unique local Greek dialect that preserves many archaic features no longer found in standard Modern Greek. This dialect has small variations in the way it is spoken in every town, especially in the accent. In the spring of 2006, a private Greek-language school opened in the town of Himarë,[63] at the precise location where the Orthodox missionary Cosmas the Aetolian founded the Acroceraunian School in 1770.[7] Elements of Slavic influence are limited compared to the neighboring Albanian idioms, as well as the other variants of the Greek language spoken in southeast Albania
Albania
and Nartë
Nartë
region.[64] Himare subdialect of Lab Albanian[edit] Main article: Lab Albanian dialect On the other hand, the surrounding towns of Ilias, Vuno, Qeparo, Kudhës
Kudhës
and Pilur
Pilur
mainly speak the Lab Albanian dialect, a subdialect of Tosk Albanian.[65] Lab Albanian as a whole, and especially the local dialect of Himare, are known for being conservative and preserving features of Old Albanian
Old Albanian
that are lost elsewhere in the Tosk south of Albania
Albania
but typically preserved in the Gheg north, such as the vowel length distinction. Another conservative phonological trait of Lab is the lack of palatalization, making residents speak "shkjip", not "shqip" (as in Arbëresh). The purported discovery of nasal vowels in the Himara
Himara
region and the neighboring Kurvelesh region, a characteristic of Old Albanian
Old Albanian
that was lost in most Tosk but preserved in Gheg challenged the traditional view that the split between Gheg and Tosk was in part caused by the loss of nasalization in Tosk;[66] these finds were supported by a discovery of nasal vowels in the neighboring Lab dialect spoken in Borsh.[67] Elements of Slavic influence in the lexicon are also evident in the local Albanian idiom.[68] Politics[edit] The possibility of victory by the Greek minority Unity for Human Rights Party in the municipal elections in the past triggered nationalist rhetoric, both at the local and even national level, and heightened tension in the town.[69][70] The Unity for Human Rights Party secured the greatest number of seats in the current municipal council, during the last municipal elections, however the mayorship was won by the Socialist party, and mayor is Gjergi Goro in the town of Himara
Himara
(2011).[71][72] In the last governmental elections (2013), the region of Himara
Himara
voted 48.3% for the Socialist Party and 25.5% for the Unity of Human Rights party.[73] Minority issues[edit] While the situation of the Greek minority in Albania
Albania
has improved since the fall of communism, ethnic tensions in Himara
Himara
remain high.[74][75] During the 1994 trial of the Omonoia members, an organization that represents the Greek minority in Albania, three local Greeks
Greeks
were arrested and beaten by the Albanian police after they were found in possession of leaflets calling for the release of the arrested Omonoia leaders.[76] In 2008, a number of protests took place with the locals demanding land ownership and autonomy for the region.[77] The house of former mayor of Himara's, Vasil Bollano, has been the target of a bomb attack twice, in 2004 and again in May 2010.[78] On August 12, 2010, ethnic tensions soared after ethnic Greek shopkeeper Aristotelis Goumas was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a car driven by three Albanian youths with whom Goumas allegedly had an altercation when they demanded that he must not speak Greek to them in his store.[74][75] Outraged locals blocked the main highway between Vlore
Vlore
and Saranda
Saranda
and demanded reform and increased local Himariote representation in the local police force.[75] The incident was condemned by both the Greek and Albanian governments and three suspects are currently in custody awaiting trial.[75] The census of 2011 included ethnicity for the first time, a long-standing demand of the Greek minority in Albania
Albania
and of international organizations.,[74] however, Greek minority representatives found unacceptable article 20 of the Census law, according to which there is a $1,000 fine for declaring an ethnicity other than what was written down on someone's birth certificate.[79] As a result, the census was boycotted by parts of the Greek community.[80] In 2005, after years of unanswered demands, President Berisha authorized the opening of a Greek-language school in Himara
Himara
partially funded by the Greek government.[74] The school now has five teachers and 115 pupils.[74] On 2015, 26 August, Albanian government demolished the church of St. Athanasios at Drimades. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned this action.[81] As of 31 October 2017, some 3,000 Albanian police officers, including riot police squads, arrived in the southern region of Himara
Himara
on Tuesday in order to oversee and shield the demolition of several properties belonging to members of the Greek minority. The demolition of houses and businesses of ethnic Greeks
Greeks
is, according to Albanian authorities, part of a wider project aiming to boost tourism in the area, which is considered Albania’s top holiday resort. Members of the Greek minority as well as critics both in Greece
Greece
and Albania
Albania
have denounced the urban regeneration plan as unconstitutional. At the same time, Athens has repeatedly warned Tirana
Tirana
that demolishing residencies and businesses belonging to ethnic Greeks
Greeks
could cause severe damage to Albania’s European Union candidacy process. Namely, Greek government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos declared that Athens is closely monitoring the developments in Himara
Himara
and is working to safeguard the rights of the Greek minority in the Albanian seaside resort. On his behalf, the chairman of the Unity for Human Rights Party, which represents the Greek communities in the Albanian parliament- Vangjel Dule, said "Prime Minister Edi Rama wants the people of Himara
Himara
to be displaced. His behavior towards the Himarite Greeks
Greeks
could only be compared with that of a conqueror… Hereditary property rights of our grandfathers are being violated. Basic principles of the rule of law are being infringed. Functional democracy and respect for the rights of the members of the minority are being violated in broad daylight. Himara, which has endured throughout the centuries with its identity and ideals, many storms like the ones that we have seen today, cannot be defeated by Mr. Rama’s legal perversities and institutional adventures." Furthermore, he described Himara
Himara
as a police state due to the presence of thousands of Albanian policemen and charges Rama’s government for creating tension "without any document of legal power". The much debated project has also caused the fierce reactions from members of the Greek minority who claim that the Albanian government’s aim is to force them out of their land and thus it employs measures of financial suffocation. On Tuesday morning they gathered near the buildings that were demolished and demonstrated trying to stop bulldozers that earlier tore down a gas station owned by a Greek family. According to Greek government sources, both the Embassy in Tirana
Tirana
and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are in permanent communication with the property owners who are affected by the demolitions. In total, there are some 23 properties which have been planned to be demolished as part of the new urban plan of Himara. "We call on the Albanian Government to immediately stop any action against the rights of members of the ethnic Greek minority residing in Himara. At the same time, we urge the government to proceed immediately this time, reactions at both bilateral and European level to protect the Greeks
Greeks
of Himara", an official statement issued by the main opposition party of New Democracy reads. Source: Greek City Times. Sports[edit] The city of Himarë's soccer club SK Himarë. The club currently plays in the Albanian Second Division. Notable people[edit]

Dhimitër Anagnosti, People's Artist of Albania, cineast, and former Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports born in Vuno. Christos Bekas, Greek Army
Greek Army
general in the Greek War of Independence (1821–1830).[82] Panos Bitsilis, revolutionary. Vasil Bollano, former mayor of Himarë and President of the organization of the Greek minority, "Omonoia". Pyrros Dimas, the world-famous Greek weight-lifting athlete, whose nickname is "the Lion of Himarë". He is the only weight-lifter in the world to have won four Olympic medals. Three of his medals are gold (1992 Summer Olympics, 1996 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics) and the last one, from the Athens 2004 Olympics, is a bronze. Christos Armandos Gezos, novelist and poet. Kostas Kaznezis, Greek Army
Greek Army
general in the Greek War of Independence.[83] Spiro Koleka
Spiro Koleka
(1908–2001), long-serving member of the Politburo of the Party of Labour of Albania. Petro Marko, one of the most famous Albanian writers of the post World War II era.[84] Zachos Milios
Zachos Milios
(1805–1860), Greek Army
Greek Army
officer and revolutionary. Paskal Milo politician Neço Muko, famous Albanian musician of the 1920s and creator of the avaz himariote music genre that became identified with Himarë. Robert Ndrenika, actor Andon Qesari, actor and director Sotiris Ninis
Sotiris Ninis
football player of Panathinaikos F.C.
Panathinaikos F.C.
(Superleague Greece) Athanasios Pipis (-1821), revolutionary of the Greek War of Independence, from Vuno. Spyromilios
Spyromilios
(1800–1880), Greek Army
Greek Army
general and politician. Spyros Spyromilios
Spyromilios
(1864–1930), Greek Gendarmerie
Greek Gendarmerie
officer, declared the region's autonomy (1914). Pyrros Spyromilios
Spyromilios
(1913–1961), Greek Navy officer and director of the Greek Radio Orchestra. Georgios Stephanou (1824-1901), Greek gendarmerie officer and leader of the Epirus
Epirus
Revolt of 1878. Andreas Tatos (1989-), football player of Olympiakos F.C.
Olympiakos F.C.
(Greek Superleague). Ayas Mehmed Pasha (1483–1539), grand vizier of the Ottoman Empire from 1536 to 1539. Odhise Grillo, (1932-2003), writer of children's books.

Gallery[edit]

The Ionian sea at sunset seen from the Llogara pass.

Llamani beach, south of Himara

The Ceraunian mountains
Ceraunian mountains
(Llogara) up close

The village of Vuno

The village of Qeparo

The village of Palase

See also[edit]

Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus Ceraunian Mountains Chaonians Epirus Greeks
Greeks
in Albania Himariote Greek dialect Himara
Himara
(town) List of cities in ancient Epirus Northern Epirus Tourism in Albania Qafa e Vishës bus tragedy

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(in a West-Greek dialect)" ^ Hecataeus of Miletus, Fr.103 ^ Plutarch, Pyrrhus at The Internet Classics Archive ^ Chimaira, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, at Perseus ^ An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis: An Investigation Conducted by The Copenhagen Polis Centre for the Danish National Research Foundation by Mogens Herman Hansen, 2005, p. 340 ^ Cheimarros, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, at Perseus ^ Badlands, borderlands: a history of Northern Epirus/Southern Albania by Tom Winnifrith,2002,ISBN 0715632019, p. 80 ^ a b Epirus
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Vetus: The Archaeology of a Late Antique Province (Duckworth Archaeology) by William Bowden,2003,ISBN 0-7156-3116-0,2003, p. 14 ^ Fine 1994, pp. 185–186. ^ Fine 1994, pp. 383, 390. ^ Sakellariou, 1997, p. 244: "In the summer of 1473 the chieftain John Vlasis and a small band of men, using Corfu as a base... while the inhabitants of Cheimara liberated many of the Greek villages." ^ Lucia Gualdo Rosa; Isabella Nuovo; Domenico Defilippis (1982). Gli umanisti e la guerra otrantina: testi dei secoli XV e XVI. EDIZIONI DEDALO. p. 97. ISBN 978-88-220-6005-1.  ^ Pappas, 1991: p. 35: "In 1537 the Ottomans mounted an expedition... the maritime privileges of Cheimarra." ^ Pappas, 1991: p. 36: "Even the special privileges which they enjoyed..." ^ Hammond, 1993: p. 405 ^ Charles A., Frazee (2006). Catholics and Sultans: The Church and the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
1453-1923. Cambridge University Press. pp. 103–104.  ^ Hammond, 1993: p. 405 ^ a b Gregorič, 2008: p. 67. ^ Sakellariou, 1997, p. 255: "In Cheimara and the villages of its region (Nivitsa, Hagios Basileios, Loukovo, Keparon, Drymades, Vounos, Pikerni), the court consisted exclusively of elders (laymen), but the execution of its decisions was subject to the sanction of the local bishop (episcopal see at Bouthrotos), who was dependent on the metropolis of Ioannina" ^ Etnografia shqiptare. 15. Akademia e Shkencave e RPSH, Instituti i Historisë, Sektori i Etnografisë. 1987. p. 199.  ^ Pappas, 1991, p. 69: "In late 1759 and early 1760, three letters arrived in St. Petersburg from Cheimarra. The first described the conditions of the territory and expressed the willingness of its population to rise against the Turks if the Russians came to free Greece" ^ Antonina Zhelyazkova.Urgent Anthropology. Vol. 2. Albanian Prospects. IMIR, Sofia, 2003. p. 90 ^ Pappas, 1991: p. 318: "Following the failure of an insurrection in Cheimarra in 1821" ^ Banac, Ackerman, Szporluk, Vucinich, 1981: p.46: "Cheimarriote veterans played a significant role in the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830)" ^ Sakellariou, 1997, p. 288. ^ Reid, James J. (2000). Crisis of the Ottoman Empire: prelude to collapse 1839-1878. Franz Steiner Verlag. ISBN 978-3-515-07687-6.  ^ Skoulidas, Ilias (2001). "The Relations Between the Greeks
Greeks
and the Albanians during the 19th Century: Political Aspirations and Visions (1875-1897)". didaktorika.gr. University of Ioannina: 222. doi:10.12681/eadd/12856. Οι Χειμαριώτες θεωρούνταν διαρκώς ύποπτοι ευρύτερων ανατρεπτικών σχεδίων στην περιοχή, τα οποία θα εκπορεύονταν από την Ελλάδα.  ^ Kondis, Basil (1978). Greece
Greece
and Albania, 1908-1914. Institute for Balkan Studies. p. 93.  ^ Badlands, borderlands: a history of Northern Epirus/Southern Albania by Tom Winnifrith,2002,ISBN 0715632019, page 129 ^ Sakellariou, 1997, p. 381. ^ a b Meta, Beqir (2008). "Ballafaqimi shqiptaro-grek për Himarën (1920-1924) [Greek-Albanian confrontation in Himara
Himara
(1920-1924)]." Studime Historike. 1-2: 43: "Pas mbarimit të Luftës I Botërore lëvizja atdhetare shqiptare në Himarë u rigjallërua. Një vend të veçantë luajti Spiro Gogo Koleka, i cili ndihmoi për mbledhjen e Kongresit të Lushnjës dhe zbatimin e vendimeve të tij. Ai bashkë me patriotë të tjerë ishte nënshkruesi i mjaft dokumenteve dërguar përfaqësuesve të Fuqive të Mëdha në Konferencën e Paqes, në të cilat kundërshtohej çdo përpjekje për aneksimin e Vlorës dhe Himarës. Në maj të vitit 1920 Spiro G. Koleka u caktua anëtar i qeverisë kombëtare. Ai më vonë u bë njëri nga organizatorët e Luftës së Vlorës kundër italianëve, në të cilën morën pjesë edhe himarjotë të tjerë." "[After the end of World War One, the Albanian patriotic movement in Himarë was revived. A special place Spiro Gogo Koleka played, who assisted at the gathering of the Congress of Lushnja and implementation of its decisions. He and other patriots were signatory to many documents sent to the representatives of the Great Powers during the Peace Conference, that opposed any attempt to annex Vlora and Himarë. In May 1920 Spiro G. Koleka was appointed member of the national government. He later became one of the organizers of the Vlora War against the Italians, where other Himariots participated.]" ^ a b Basil Kondis (1994). The Greek minority in Albania: a documentary record (1921-1993). Institute for Balkan Studies. ISBN 978-960-7387-02-8. THE PROTOCOL OF HIMARRA, 1921 We, Spiros Kolekas, Deputy of Valone, General Representative of the Albanian Government for the settlement of the question of the Himarra district, i.e. the villages of Drymades, Vouno, Himarra, Piliouri, Koundessi and Kyparou, which have sent their representatives, Mr G. Bolanos, M. Karas, D. Lekkas and Mr A. Simonides as their Secretary, have agreed upon the following: a) Privileges: The Albanian ...  ^ Gregorič, 2008: p. 124. ^ Gregorič, 2008: p. 156. ^ Law nr. 115/2014 ^ Gregorič, 2008: p. 44. ^ ,Urgent anthropology Vol. 3. Archived 2009-03-19 at the Wayback Machine. Problems of Multiethnicity in the Western Balkans. International Center for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations. Sofia 2004. Page 39 ^ The politics of national minority participation in post-communist Europe, Jonathan Stein, EastWest Institute, p. 187 "...who came from the predominantly ethnic Greek town of Himara." ^ a b Kallivretakis, Leonidas (1995). "Η ελληνική κοινότητα της Αλβανίας υπό το πρίσμα της ιστορικής γεωγραφίας και δημογραφίας [The Greek Community of Albania
Albania
in terms of historical geography and demography." In Nikolakopoulos, Ilias, Kouloubis Theodoros A. & Thanos M. Veremis (eds). Ο Ελληνισμός της Αλβανίας [The Greeks
Greeks
of Albania]. University of Athens. p. 51. "Ε Έλληνες, ΑΧ Αλβανοί Ορθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί, AM Αλβανοί Μουσουλμάνοι"; p.53. " XIMARA: XIMAPA: 1. FSHAT & SHEN MEHILL ΧΩΡΙΟ & ΑΓΙΟΣ ΜΙΧΑΛΗΣ 1595 E, 2. SPILE ΣΙΠΛΙΑ 3629 E + AX + AM (1000); VUNOS ΒΟΥΝΟΣ 555 ΑΧ; ILIASI ΙΛΙΑΣ 124 ΑΧ; QEPARO POSTHME ΚΗΠΑΡΟ ΚΑΤΩ 854 ΑΧ; QEPARO SIPERME ΚΗΠΑΡΟ ΑΝΩ 461 E; KUDHES ΚΟΥΔΕΣΙ 748 ΑΧ; PILUR ΠΗΛΙΟΥΡΙ 532 ΑΧ; DHERMI ΔΡΥΜΑΔΕΣ, KONDRAPE DHERMI ΚΟΝΤΡΑΠΕ ΔΡΥΜΑΔΩΝ 1550 Ε; PALASA ΠΑΛΙΑΣΣΑ 356 Ε" ^ "Final census findings lead to concerns over accuracy". Tirana Times. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.  ^ Likmeta, Besar. " Albania
Albania
Moves Ahead With Disputed Census". Balkaninsight. Retrieved 26 May 2014.  ^ "Three Albanian journalists awarded with "World at 7 Billion Prize"". United Nations (Albania). Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. ...the controversial CENSUS data  ^ "International Religious Freedom Report for 2014: Albania" (PDF). https://www.state.gov/. United States, Department of State. p. 5. Retrieved 20 October 2015. Ethnic Greek minority groups had encouraged their members to boycott the census, affecting measurements of the Greek ethnic minority and membership in the Greek Orthodox Church.  External link in website= (help) ^ "Official 2011 census results per municipality".  ^ Kallivretakis, Leonidas (1995). "Η ελληνική κοινότητα της Αλβανίας υπό το πρίσμα της ιστορικής γεωγραφίας και δημογραφίας [The Greek Community of Albania
Albania
in terms of historical geography and demography." In Nikolakopoulos, Ilias, Kouloubis Theodoros A. & Thanos M. Veremis (eds). Ο Ελληνισμός της Αλβανίας [The Greeks
Greeks
of Albania]. University of Athens. p. 32. α) Γραικούς Χριστιανούς, που τους τοποθετεί σε ολα τα δυτικά χωριά της Δρόπολης ως την Δερβιτζάνη (εκτός από δύο), σε όλα τα ανατολικά χωριά της ίδιας κοιλάδας (εκτός από τρία), σε επτά μεγάλα και αρκετά μικρά χωριά του Δελβίνoυ και σε τρία χωριά της Χιμάρας. β) Αλβανούς Χριστιανούς, στα βόρεια και βορειοανατολικά χωριά της Δρόπολης (περιοχές Λιτζουριάς και Ρίζας), σε ορισμένα χωριά του Δέλβινου, της Χιμάρας, της Πρεμετής και της Κολόνιας καθώς και 20 περίπου χωριά της Κορυτσάς. [a) Greek Christians, placing them in all western villages from Dropull
Dropull
as the Dervitzani (except two), in all the eastern villages of the same valley (except three) in seven large and several small villages Delvinë
Delvinë
and also three villages of Himarë. b) Albanian Christians in the north and northeast villages from Dropull (the areas Lunxhëri and Rrëzë), in some villages of Delvinë, Himarë, Përmet
Përmet
and Kolonjë with approximately 20 villages in Korçë.] ^ Banac, Ackerman, Szporluk, Vucinich, 1981: p. 45: "Since, Himara
Himara
has been part of the disputed border region of Greek and Albania
Albania
in this century, the question of nationality of the Cheimarriotes has prompted much discussion... Leaving conflicting linguistic evidence aside and using the modern criteria of nationality, one cannot label the Cheimarriotes as either Greeks
Greeks
or Albanians. In a narrow sense their alegiances were to their respective clans and areas, and in a broader sense to their religious and cultural heritage. This latter allegiance to Orthodox Christianity would seem to indicate closer ties to their Greek coreligionists than to the Muslim Albanians." ^ Frank Kressing, Karl Kaser. Albania--a country in transition: aspects of changing identities in a South-East European country. Nomos, 2002. p. 129 ^ a b c Frazee, Charles A. (2006-06-30). Catholics and Sultans: The Church and the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
1453-1923. Cambridge University Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-521-02700-7. Retrieved 26 December 2010.  ^ Murzaku, Ines Angeli (2009). Returning Home to Rome - The Basilian Monks of Grottaferrata in Albania. Analekta Kryptoferris. ISBN 978-88-89345-04-7.  ^ a b c d Erebara, Gjergj. "Albanian Church Demolition Angers Greece". BalkanInsight. Retrieved 26 October 2015.  "Albanian police have demolished a contested church dedicated to St Athanas in the southern village of Dhermi, angering the Orthodox Church and neighbouring Greece, which supports the Church's mission. The Orthodox Church called it a vandalistic act of desecration and a violation of church property.... Police used heavy machinery to reduce to rubble the roof built in 1994 to cover the foundations of a much older church destroyed during the communist era.The renovated church was declared an “illegal construction” by the local authorities in Himara municipality two weeks ago, pitting Albanian nationalists against the Greek-supported Orthodox Church.... Speaking about the church, Prime Minister Rama said on Monday that “the old church in Dhermi will be regenerated in the name of national heritage [over] the 'parking lot' that is illegal, which they call a church.”" ^ "Press Release 26.08.2015-The Orthodox church of St. Athanasius was destroyed, Dhermi (Drymades), Himara". orthodoxalbania.org. Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania. Retrieved 26 October 2015.  ^ Nikolli, Fatmira. "Albanian Jorgo Goro: Kisha e Shën Thanasit do të rindërtohet, varri i Katalanos është pjesë e projektit [George Goro: St. Athanasius' Church will be rebuilt, Katalano's grave is part of the project". BalkanWeb. Retrieved 4 November 2015.  "Po, do ta kërkojmë varrin e Nilo Katalanos. Do të vazhdojë gërmimi nga arkeologët për nxjerrjen e themeleve dhe të gjitha detajeve dhe më pas do të behet projekti në bashkepunim me Monumentet e Kulturës”. Kështu është shprehur dije për “Gazeta Shqiptare”, kryetari i Bashkisë së Himarës, Jorgo Goro. I pyetur për kohën e shembjes, ai bën me dije se ishte lajmëruar prifti i fshatit për prishjen dhe se kishte kohë deri në 10 për të hequr sendet nga objekti… Për mua është nje reagim i nxituar, se nuk ka prishje të një objekti kulti, por një ndërtim pa leje mbi rrënojat e një kishe mbi 500-vjeçare me histori dhe rëndësi të veçantë për zonën dhe Shqipërinë, gjë që e dinë edhe pjesa më e madhe e banorëve të Dhermiut. Objektin në fjale duam ta rindërtojmë, duke i dhënë vlerat e duhura historike dhe kulturore zonës. Vlerësim të veçantë e nderim i historisë së të parëve tanë si pionierë të Rilindjes. [Yes, we will search for Nilo Katalano's grave. We will continue with excavations by archaeologists and digging until the foundations with all the details which will then become a project in collaboration with the Cultural Monuments sector. This was expressed yesterday for “Gazeta Shqiptare”, by the mayor of Himarë, George Goro. Asked about the time of the demolition, he suggests that the village priest was notified a day prior regarding the demolition and had the time until 10 to remove items from the building… For me it is a rash reaction, because there is no demolition of an object of worship, but an illegal construction on the ruins of a church with 500 years of history and of particular importance to the area and Albania, something which most of the residents of Dhërmi
Dhërmi
know. The object in question, we want to rebuild by giving proper values of the historical and cultural area. Special appreciation and honor to the history of our ancestors as pioneers of the Renaissance.]" ^ " European Commission
European Commission
criticizes Albania
Albania
for the incident with the Church of Dhermi". Independent Balkan News Agency. Retrieved 4 November 2015. The European Commission
European Commission
has issued a strong reaction in relation to the demolition of the orthodox church in the south of Albania
Albania
and calls on Albanian authorities to respect religious freedoms for the citizens of the country, while it includes the incident in the upcoming Progress Report.  ^ Gregorič, 2008: p. 43: most of the people who claim to originate from Himarë/ Himara
Himara
area have declared themselves as horiani (pl.), meaning locals. ^ Gregorič, 2008: p. 68 ^ Cite error: The named reference Kyriazis was invoked but never defined (see the help page). ^ Gregorič, 2008: p. 63. ^ Paçarizi 2008, pp. 101–102: "Second difference is the existence of nasal vocals in Gheg which is not a characteristic of Tosk even sometimes the nasality is not really stressed. This nasal-oral feature, according to Desnickaja, forms one of the elements which differentiate the Albanian dialects whereas Gjinari cites Dilo Sheper who said that there are also some nasal vocals in some places of Eastern Albania
Albania
such as in Kurvelesh and Himarë but the information at that time did not confirmed that". ^ Totoni 1964, p. 136. ^ Kyriazis, Doris (2012). "Slavic elements in the Greek idioms of South Albania". Philologica Jassyensia. 15 (VII/I): 153, 163. Retrieved 12 September 2017. The set is pretty different if we consider the lexical material (appellatives and place names) of the inland of Chimara (Kurvelesh region) and the nearby coastal Albanian - speaking villages (Bregdet) & The Greek-speaking area that seems to be less affected by Slavic is that of Chimara although elements of Slavic influence are present in the neighboring villages,...  ^ http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/newsbriefs/2007/01/22/nb-01 ^ [1] Nationalist rhetoric during the campaign, both at the local and national level, had heightened tension in the town over a possible victory by the local ethnic Greek Human Rights Union Party. ^ "Ήττα του υποψήφιου της "Ομόνοιας" στη Χειμάρρα". tovima.gr. Retrieved 9 May 2011.  ^ "Municipal Council results in Himarë". Central Commission of Elections of Albania. May 2011. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.  ^ Election results for the region of Himara
Himara
in 2013, 2013. ^ a b c d e George Gilson (27 September 2010). "Bad blood in Himara". Athens News. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2010.  ^ a b c d "Tensions resurface in Albanian-Greek relations". Balkan Chronicle. 13 September 2010. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2010.  ^ "Amnesty International Report 1995 - Albania". Amnesty International. 27 September 2010. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2010.  ^ Bönisch-Brednich, edited by Brigitte; Trundle, Catherine (2010). Local lives : migration and the politics of place (null ed.). Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate Pub. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-4094-0103-2. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ [2] ^ "Macedonians and Greeks
Greeks
Join Forces against Albanian Census". balkanchronicle. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2011.  ^ "International Religious Freedom Report for 2014: Albania" (PDF). https://www.state.gov/. United States, Department of State. p. 5. Retrieved 20 October 2015. Ethnic Greek minority groups had encouraged their members to boycott the census, affecting measurements of the Greek ethnic minority and membership in the Greek Orthodox Church.  External link in website= (help) ^ "Αλβανία: Κατεδάφισαν εκκλησία στη Χειμάρρα – Αθήνα: Eίναι τζιχαντιστές". skai.  ^ Banac, Ackerman, Szporluk, Vucinich, 1981: p. 46 ^ Banac, Ackerman, Szporluk, Vucinich, 1981: p. 46 ^ Marko, Petro. Intervistë me vetveten (Retë dhe gurët) (memories). OMSCA, 2000. 99927-40-33-7

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