Gjirokaster

Town Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster becomes an online course focused on the city’s natural, historical, cultural, and mostly architectural values. The geographical position and the history of the Drino Valley area turned Gjirokastra into an economical centre of trade and exchange. The economic growth, the cultural interchange mostly during the Ottoman period, and the building knowledge of the people are depicted in its architectural and urban development providing a unique character to the city, which is inscribed at the relevant UNESCO list, together with Berat, since 2005.

Teaching objectives

Learners are expected to:

  • enrich their cognitive and spatial background regarding the city and to understand its architectural dimension,
  • connect the urban and architectural phenomenon with the historical, social and cultural environment in which it develops,
  • understand the various aspects and approaches to the issue of preservation, reflect on, and take a stand on it,
  • express themselves orally by connecting their observation, researching, and interviewing skills,
  • cultivate skills of exploration, cooperation and critical observation,
  • be aware of the difficulties and problems of preserving tangible heritage.

Educational level

6th grade and above

Indicative thematic classification

Architecture > Cultural Heritage > Gjirokaster city

Interactivity type

active learning

Interactivity level

very high

1. A World Heritage city

1
Natural and historical values

This is an introductory lesson on the history of the wider area where Gjirokaster is located, the Drino valley, its geographical attributes and historical values.

2
A regional economic centre

This lesson constitutes an introduction to the historical phases of Gjirokaster through its geographical position's significance, its castle and bazaar.

3
Becoming world’s heritage city

The lesson showcases how the presented city's history, architectural development, and character led to its recognition as a World Heritage site in the respective UNESCO list.

4
Do you know..?
6 questions

This is an informative quiz, reflecting on the information gathered through the previous lectures. It also hosts a puzzle game!

5
More sources

In this subsection, and in each other with the same indication, bibliographic and other online sources are listed as well as suggestions for further investigation and reasoning.

2. Our city

1
Inside the town

In this lesson, the learner is introduced to the most famous religious and public buildings inside the town.

2
Inside the buildings

This lesson deepens into the basic types of residential traditional buildings of the city. Through virtual 360° tours and mini-interactive games, the learner can explore the various structural units of two representative residential buildings to acquire their purpose and functionality better.

3
Glossary on building typology
8 questions

This is an informative quiz on building typology of Gjirokastra, reflecting on the information gathered through the previous lectures. It also hosts a 'drag and drop' game.

4
More sources

In this subsection, and in each other with the same indication, bibliographic and other online sources are listed as well as suggestions for further investigation and reasoning.

3. Our environment and buildings

1
Building materials and processes

This lesson intends to deepen the learner to Gjirokaster's building materials, characteristic structural units, and construction process tradition in order to facilitate connections with the city's wider environment.

2
Pathology issues

This lesson provides an overview, via a 360° virtual tour, of the Gjirokastra's traditional buildings typical pathology issues and their causes.

3
Glossary on building materials
5 questions

This is an informative quiz on building materials, reflecting on the information gathered through the previous lectures.

4. Your city!

1
Which building would you save first?

The lesson's main title aims to engage the learner in the decision-making process of how we could rescue buildings of a city with a pathology degree. It is not easy, and it is not a one-way process.

2
Young guides of Gjirokastra

This lesson targets one of the outcomes of this learning course about a city's architectural and cultural heritage. At this point, the learner can creatively reflect on what she has already accessed as information so far by also using the provided digital tools.

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Lectures: 11

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