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The old Korça Bazaar has great early historical, cultural and artistic value for the city.The bazaar is characterized by one and two story buildings in classic Korça style, separated by narrow cobbled streets that open onto a central square—the Bazaar is sure to attract the attention of visitors. In past centuries, the bazaar has functioned as a market for trade not just within Albania, but also from Turkey, Greece, Trieste and Venice. It has been noted for the row of inns, including the Old Elbasan and Old Monastery Inn, which served to host travelers visiting the market from outside the city.The market reached its apex during the late 19thand early 20th centuries, with more than 1,000 stores.With so many shops, the bazaar was like a city within a city. The two parts of the bazaar were separated by the old river, and linked by two wooden bridges, while the main road through the city crossed the river on a vaulted stone bridge which rose above the sops.Over the course of its history, the bazaar was burnt down three times, to be built again.The entire complex underwent a complete renovation in 2015, planting the seed for a historical, economic and touristic transformation not just for the city but for the region.The renovation has returned the bazaar to its original historical image, returning its historical and cultural value.