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Gjirokastλr ( definite Albanian form: Gjirokastra), is a city in southern Albania, situated in a valley between the Gjerλ mountains and the Drino, at 300 metres above sea level. Its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site described as "a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate". The city is overlooked by Gjirokastλr Fortress, where the Gjirokastλr National Folklore Festival is held every five years. It is the birthplace of former Albanian communist leader Enver Hoxha and notable writer Ismail Kadare/ wiki.

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