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Valona (Avlonya, Vlora)
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Valona (Alb. Vlora; Ott. Turk. Avlonya; Heb. Avilona; other renderings include Vlone, Vlore, and Avlona) is an ancient port city in southern Albania. Historical accounts indicate that Jews have been residing in the city since Roman times. Valona was ruled by the Ottomans from 1417 to 1912, except for a brief Venetian occupation in 1690.

During the period of Ottoman rule, the town accommodated numerous Jewish refugees from Spain and Portugal, especially at the end of the fifteenth century. Turkish sources state that 528 of the 945 families residing in the city in…

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Yitzchak Kerem, “Valona (Avlonya, Vlora)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 November 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0021920>
First published online: 2010

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