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Alfred Peza


The oldest artistic heritage works of the medieval period, inherited up to nowadays, though in a very small number, consist mainly of miniatures of early manuscripts. Not only the content, but also their intentions and impacts, were religious. The oldest that arrived and is preserved to this day, staying on the top of the Albanian culture heritage is a truly rare object, belonging to the 6th century; i.e. nearly 1,500 years old. In the language of professionals, it is known as “Codex Purpureus Berantinus.” It is written in parchment and has a religious content. The parchment replaced the papyrus at this time and was prepared with animal skin. “The Purple Codex of Berat” is handwritten in Greek, and contains parts from the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Because of the color in which it is written, the codex is named; “Purple”.

Keywords: Albania, culture,  Cultural Heritage Register, Berat city, churches,  icons, Byzantine period, Serbian Empire, etc.

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Popa, Th. “The Medieval icons and miniatures in Albania.” Sh. B. “November 8,” pp. 4-6.

From conversations with Artan Shkreli, June 2018, manuscript, personal archive AP, Tirana.

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