Elbasan, Albanian belly button
also Elbasani, city in central Albania, capital of Elbasan District, on
the Shkumbin River, near Tiranë. The city is the terminus of a railroad
from Durrës and a market center for the area, where tobacco, olives,
fruit, grapes, cotton, grains, and vegetables are grown. Industries include
production of olive oil, wine, cigarettes, leather, textiles, flour, and
handicrafts. A 15th-century fortress in Elbasan contains a museum of antiquities.
The present city was built by the Turks in 1466 on the site of ancient
Scampa, on the Via Egnatia. Population (1990 estimate) 83,300.
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