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Korçë
Municipality and City
Official seal of Korçë
Seal
Motto: Korça, where I want to live
Country Albania
County Korçë County
District Korçë District
Population (2009)
 • Total 79,697
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. It is the sixth largest city in Albania. It stands on a plateau some 850 m (2,789 ft) above sea level, surrounded by the Morava Mountains.

During the 20th century, Korçë gained a substantial industrial capacity in addition to its historic role as a commercial and agricultural centre. Local industries include the manufacture of knitwear, rugs, textiles, flour-milling, brewing, and sugar-refining. The city is home to the nationally famous Birra Korça brewing company, founded in 1928. According to official reports the city enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

The city is home to Fan Noli University, founded in 1971, which offers several degrees in the humanities, sciences and business. The University includes a school in agriculture, teaching, business, nursing, and tourism.

Korçë is referred to as the city of museums. The city has two major museums such as the National Museum of Medieval Art and National Museum of Archeology. The National Museum of Medieval Art has rich archives of about 7000 icons and 500 other objects in textile, stone and metal. The first Albanian School as well as the residence and gallery of painter Vangjush Mio are used as the museums. The Bratko Museum and the Oriental Museum are also located in the city.

Korçë has a city theatre, the Andon Zako Çajupi Theatre, which started its shows in 1950 and has been working non stop since.

Korçe in 1914
Korçe in 1914

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