TIRANA, Feb 12 /ATA/- The village of Drashovica situated at the foot of the hilly and mountainous area along the Shushica valley is reputed to have been the “Gateway to Laberia.”
This village steeped in glorious history which goes as far as 585 years ago is presumed to have been founded in 1431. Drashovica has made an outstanding contribution over centuries to cultural, folklore heritage, ethno-cultural identity and polyphony of Laberia.
The village of Drashovica which holds “Honour of the Nation” title is not only famed for the wars, but also for culture, language preservation, customs, flint-stone mine, monastery, church, turret- type houses and other distinctive features.
Drashovica is one of the three boundary bridges of Labëria. It is known as the bridge of Drashovica, as a bridge linking two shores just like all the other bridges. The fact is that it is a boundary bridge.
It serves as the boundary line of Labëria, which is bounded by three bridges, the bridge of Drashovica, the bridge of Kala and Vjosa.
The village boasts a monument bearing the same name, which lies next to the road by Vlora river, on Vlora-Kurvelesh motorway. It is situated around 30 m off the famous bridge of Drashovica.
Drashovica bridge has been witness to two wars that inhabitants of Laberi have waged against their invaders in summer 1920 and subsequently in winter 1943. This monument of Albanian sculptors cast in bronze stands in commemoration of these wars, while the arch linking two pages of history in one stands on a concrete structure embellished with bas-reliefs showing scenes from the wars.
In the light of 100 tourist villages programme, the village will be restored to the past glory through development of agri-tourism.
Thanks to pastures, fertile croplands and water resources, all in abundance, the inhabitants of this village have lived off animal farming, agriculture and fishing.
After its inclusion on the list of 100 villages prioritized for economic and tourist potentials, Drashovica anticipates to attract numerous visitors as they used to gather every Sept. 13 before the ’90ies to commemorate the Drashovica war.
Earlier in time it was a small hamlet atop the hill, which is to date dotted with the scattered traces of its ruins, including a museum house. Meanwhile, the village dating back to the Middle Ages carries high architectural values.
Among the most important monuments of Drashovica are the ruins of the old village. The old village of Drashovica is nestling among the centuries-old olive groves .
The 2, 3 and 4 storied houses, all built of local white stones, lied in the village centre. One of them standing out for its architectural values is the mansion of Arshi Halil Xhindi, former mayor of Vlora in 1928 and a Member of Albanian parliament under King Zog.
The windows are festooned with arches and red brick dressings.
Drashovica is rich in natural resources. The archaeological findings are further proof of the ancient civilization and culture in these areas.
The village has witnessed two wars that have gone down in national history, in 1920, the Vlora war crowned with liberation of Vlora from Italians and in 1943, the Drashovica epos, fronline war against the German Nazis. And it was not by chance that the wars took place here. Big wars take place on border and for borders. The invaders have always eyed the boundary bridge to make their way up to Laberia and conquer the peaks.
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