If you have seen many photos with a red stone from Përmeti, here is his story
It is a rocky massif next to the Vjosa, 42 meters high and 650 square meters. It is a limestone olistol in the mass of the oligocene flysch of the Ionic tectonic zone. It has a special shape. The City Stone is considered a symbol of Përmet's identity. Geologists say it was detached from the Tooth Mountain after an earthquake, and legend has it otherwise. We'll show you that too. We are revealing to you once how the stone was illuminated and became multicolored.
Përmet MP Mirela Kumbaro has brought forward the project to illuminate Guri, as a sight, but also as a story. She tells Tiranapost that everything started in 2016.
“In 2016, when I started working in Përmet, we thought about how to highlight the Përmet emblem, Guri. The lighting would make it special. I worked hard for this project and we carried out the restoration and lighting with a system that changes colors to blue, green, purple and red. In June 2017, when I was elected deputy of Përmet, we inaugurated it as a big toy that enjoys big and small ", says Kumbaro.
What was the Legend? (For you who die for such stories)
The chief of the province, Premti, who gave the city its name, had built a castle on the City Stone. Today the castle is flattened. There are walls left, evidence of legend. It was the end of the 14th century. Sultan Mehmed's army invaded Ioannina. After Ioannina, it was Përmet's turn. Premti had died and the mayor of the city was his nephew, Gjergji, who had a daughter, Diestra with a breastfed baby. One night the Turks arrived in the city. Kryezoti was out of it. There was only the girl in the castle. The Turks demanded the keys to the fortress and the surrender of the girl. Diestra picked up the cradle with the boy and jumped off the top of the cliff. At the foot of the City Stone, there is a smooth stone where the Diestra collided. Some signs on the stone: Baby's hand or cradle lines. That's what the legend says.
The ruins of an ancient site of great archaeological value are preserved on the stone of Përmet.
The fortification, according to archaeologists, belongs to the 4th - 6th centuries. At the foot of the rock is preserved a tract of the ancient period, which from the technique used resembles the fortifications of the 3rd century BC and which are further erected in the Drino valley. The surface of the rock has donated a lot of pottery that belongs to late antiquity, but also medieval.
According to sources, this fortification was used as a signal point for a military garrison, which controlled the Vjosa valley. Taking advantage of the placement of the stone and its height, this point was essential for the safety of the whole area. The walls are isodomic, with quadrangular limestone blocks, the sides are hewn and the forehead is flat.
A story as fantastic as the look.