Albania: Berat

Berat is know as the “Town of 10,000 Windows” as the traditional Albanian architecture houses with oversized windows climb one of the other up the steep hill. An ancient Slavic fortress stands on top above the town. There are several mosques and old Slavic churches within Berat, as the city has been known to have different religious communities coexist here peacefully from about 4th century. The best views are from the bottom or the bridge connecting two parts of Berat. One can also go explore into town up the very steep streets with overhanging balconies and seemingly no order (reminded me of medinas in Morocco or Algiers). Berat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique architecture and historic significance.