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The Tirana, capital of Albania
Home Urban centers Cities The Tirana, capital of Albania

The Tirana is the European capital about which is probably the least known. Basically a synonym for the strangeness and isolation as it is, and on the other hand, there are people living here too … Tirana becomes every day more normal, better organized and more open to the world. Time of the dictator Enver Hoxha is gone and today’s city Tirana is the fastest-growing comparing to the other European capitals.

In tourist meaning, Tirana is still not attractive as a city tourist center where you would like to spend a “city break” but it develops so fast in right directions so certainly it would be soon…


Its name comes from the prior name “Teheran” that gave her a Pasha to commemorate the glorious victory in Persia.

Among the other attractions in Tirana, it is interesting to visit the Roman Catholic cathedral of St Paul which is also the largest religious building in Albania, Orthodox Church, the University building …

The Tirana is founded in the 1614th by the Ottoman General Suleyman Pasha who built a mosque here, and several other buildings. It became the capital in 1920.

However, if you are on a business trip or on some conference in Tirana, you will have certainly good time. People are friendly and hospitable. Although there are not many tourist sights and attractions, the Tirana is an interesting city. New and modern business city part is with steel and glass buildings with over 20 floors … The administrative part of the city mainly consists of buildings built by model of the Soviet buildings from socialist times … residential city parts are in very bad condition, due to neglect …

However, everything changes and incredibly easy turn from ugly to beautiful and from gray to colorful. Specifically, the city authorities in Tirana are determined all ugly and unusable buildings to replace with new and all ruined and gray facades change into colorful, “bright colors” that have recently become the trademark of Tirana, and although too strong, it looks very nice.


The most famous attraction is the Et’hem Bey Mosque, which construction is the 1789th started by ruler Mola, and ended up 1821st by his son, Ethem Bey, great-grandson of the Suleyman Pasha, founder of Tirana.

In the Skanderbeg Square, next to the Et’hem Bey Mosque, is situated equestrian statue of Skender Bey, a national hero and “father of the nation”. On the Square there are beautiful fountain and high clock tower (Kulla e Sahatit) in the Venetian style.

There is a museum of national history built in 1981st in socialist-realistic style with a spectacular mosaic on the facade representing Albanian through the history.


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