Ali Pasha Bridge

Bridge in Gjirokastër

Ali Pasha Bridge, Albania
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Ali Pasha Bridge, was part of a large aqueduct system commissioned by Ali Pasha of Tepelenë in the beginning of the 19th century.Gjirokastra castle didn’t have an available water source at the time, and Ali Pasha quickly discerned the need for this structure. The aqueduct would feed the castle’s cisterns with water from the Mount Sopot, 10 km away.

The bridge is 30 minutes walk from Gjirokastër and makes for a nice off-the-beaten-path destination.

Alot of the aqueduct was destroyed in 1932, but the section near Gjirokastër remains.

The original structure of this “bridge” can be found in the painting of Edward Lear, the British poet and painter, who traveled to Albania in the mid-19th century.

The Ali Pasha Bridge appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Gjirokastër!

Other names of Ali Pasha Bridge

The Ali Pasha Bridge has the following names: Manalat Bridge, Dunavat Bridge - both Dunavat, Manalat are neighborhoods of Gjirokastër..

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Visiting Ali Pasha Bridge


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