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Bilisht

Bilisht (; Macedonian: Билишта, Bilišta) is a town and a former municipality in Korçë County, south-eastern Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision and the seat of the municipality Devoll.[1] It was the seat of the former Devoll District. The population at the 2011 census was 6,250.[2] The town is 9 km from the Border crossings of Albania with Greece at Kapshticë. The closest Greek town across the Border crossings of Albania is Krystallopigi in the Florina regional unit. Bilisht is at about 800–850 meters above the sea level and has a continental climate with cool summers and cold winters. The football club is Bilisht Sporti.

History

The Treaty of San Stefano nearly put Bilisht and the entire Devoll area in Bulgarian territory, but, due to being superseded by the Treaty of Berlin, the town remained within the Ottoman Empire.

In 1911, the town was recorded as having 106 Bulgarian residents.[3]

Demographics

Bilisht is home to an Albanian majority and a Macedonian minority. At the 2011 Albanian local elections, the Macedonian minority succeeded in electing one councilor to the 17-member city council.[4]

References

  1. ^ Law nr. 115/2014
  2. ^ 2011 census results
  3. ^ Trajchev, Georgi. Български селища в днешна Албания, в: Отецъ Паисий, 15-31 юли 1929 година, стр.213.
  4. ^

External links

  • Visit Devoll Tourist Guide
  • "Град Билища (исторически бележки)" , an article on the history of Bilishta, written by the priest Trpo Popovski in 1912 (in Bulgarian).
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