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The village of Shen Vasil is one of the few non-coastal villages of the region.
Shen Vasil is situated between Nivica and Lukove and is part of the Municipality of Himara. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality Himara. The population at the 2011 census was 650.
There are not much historical details about this village except of some events during the various uprisings against the Ottoman empire together with the other villages of the region.
The village of Shen Vasil historically has disappeared 2 times: First in 1778, Ali Pasha of Ioannina destroyed the unrepentant Orthodox people, trying to turn them into Muslim religion. Second, nearly two centuries later in 1970, the communist government of the time wiped out the traditional name, calling it the irony of backwardness, the village of Perparim (meaning Progress). It is a sign of hope that even after destruction there is still life in this beautiful village.
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In fact, the village of Shen Vasil has existed thanks to a monastery that was built in memory of the same saint in the 17th century. Today the main occupation is the cultivation of Olives and that can be seen from the numerous olive trees around the terraces of the village and the growth of livestock like goats and cows.. There is one hotel at the centre of the village and very few guest houses and cafes.
The Oak tree of Shen Vasil represents a segregated tree, with a height of over 15 m, a trunk diameter up to 220 cm and over 270 years old. It has a regular crown of perimeter over 25 m. Under his shadow, many meetings and assemblies of village and province residents have been held. There are scientific (biological), didactic, aesthetic, cultural and tourist values. Has served as a meeting place for village assemblies. It is located at the centre of the village.
It is a village with typical archaeological remains such as the Castle of Dhoknes, as well as archaeological remains in Ovel, Celle, St. Basil's Monastery etc. It is a Christian village of the Orthodox rite. At the top of the village visitors can see the Monastery of Saint Basil, hence the name Shen Vasil, as well as 11 churches.
On the seaside of Shen Vasil visitors can find the beach of Krorez. Due to wild untouched natural habitat, not too many people are familiar with this place. The area is located along over 1.2 km of untouched coastline facing westwards Ionian Sea and is characterized by wide sandy beach, while on the western part there is a wide expanse of undulating sand dunes, evergreen trees and shrubs.
"Although Shen Vasil is a non coastal village, the beach of Krorez acording to the villagers belongs to this village. Krorez beach is one of the least visited places of the region and because of that it is still a virgin place."