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The Lolomani dwelling, formerly the home of the Ottoman period family of that name, was once an impressive sight in the mountainside town of Gjirokastra in southern Albania."I feel pain for every stone, every wall that is getting damaged," sighs Email Nacaj, a 58-year-old house painter, who remembers the sad collapse of the Lolomani house in winter 2016 .Below, the roof of his own house has half fallen in.Karaulli cut off the electricity on the first floor and placed plastic washing-up bowls to collect the leaking water that had already rotted the wooden frame of his crumbling house.'Worsening daily'Around the town's bazaar, the clean facades are down to a 3 million euro ($3.5 million) restoration footed by an Albanian-U.S. association and the World Bank.'Only one Gjirokastra in the world' Today 80 houses are uninhabited, raising the possibility that a leaky roof will affect the wooden structure.Since 2013 structural changes to Gjirokastra houses have been banned. She also has high hopes for a newly passed law on cultural foundations, as well as for tourism after the conversion of about 20 houses into hotels.Renovating the Babameto house alone cost 160,000 euros which came from Sweden.
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