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Local name: Shtëpia Zekate
The Zekate House, which is an attraction of the Albanian town of Gjirokastra, is one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture in the south-Albanian city. Albania, which was once an important part of the Ottoman Empire, has many buildings that reflect Turkish culture and tradition. The Zekate House is almost unchanged interiors from the Ottoman era. Built in 1811 or 1812, the building has twin towers and a magnificent double arched facade.
The Zekate House in Gjirokaster looks like a small castle. It consists of three floors, each of which has different functions. On the ground floor there are storage rooms and a kitchen with a high ceiling. On the first floor there are two rooms, originally serving as living quarters for families, while on the third floor tourists will find a large reception room.
It is worth visiting the main room with a carved ceiling, traditional frescoes and a decorative fireplace. At the top of the central staircase is a wooden balcony, from which a spectacular view of the city spreads.