Babameto House dates back to 1885 and 1887 according to the two inscriptions on the two entrance doors. It belongs to Babameto Family which is one of the most distinguished families of Gjirokastra else referred to as “a big gate”.
It is a 1st category Monument of Culture, since 1973, as nominated by the communist authorities responsible for the listing during that time. As the monument is situated in the heart of Historic Gjirokastra, in the old quarter known as “Lagjia Teqe” it possess the highest levels of protection. Gjirokastra was declared a “Museum City” under the Communist Period, a status that secured the highest level of protection of heritage sites. Today, it is protected under the Culture Heritage Law, 2018 (and previously Law 2003). It also sits under the protection of international organisations as per the UNESCO status of 2005 amended in 2008 with the inscription of Berat too.
The location and distinguished architecture makes this an important monumental and impressive building. It is situated next to the Tekke area, known as “Bashte e Teqese”. It is a typical 3-storied traditional residential building consisting of “two wings”, hence two entrances that from the outside hides perfectly two houses built adjacent to each other by the two Babameto brothers.