One day Dictatorship Tour in Tirana

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An Historical weekend in Tirana

The most important date in Tirana’s history is February 11th, 1920, when the Lushnja congress declared Tirana the provisional capital of Albania; definitive status would be given in 1925. Following this act, the city has experienced constant growth, which continues today and has gained particular momentum since 1990.
Famous Italian architects made the center of Tirana their project during the early parts of the 20th century. The main boulevard in Tirana, Bulevardi Dëshmorët e Kombit, was built in 1930, while the central square, Skanderbeg Square, was built between 1928 and 1929. In 1968, on the 500th anniversary of his death, national hero Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg had a monument inaugurated in Skanderbeg Square.  Twenty years afterward, in the square was added the monument of the dictator Enver Hoxha. Shortly after on the 20 February 1991 the students and the people removed the monument from the square. In Tirana, you can visit a network of museums and galleries such as the National History Museum, the Archeology Museum, the National Art Gallery, and many more, including numerous private galleries.

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  • Meet and assist at Mother Teresa. You will visit the Skenderbeg Square, the National Museum, the Palace of Culture, the gallery of Arts, the National Theatre, the Bunkart, the Pyramid, the Government area, the Blloku area, the mother Theresa square and the House of Enver Hoxha and the House of LeafsTransfer for a visit at Bunkart near the Dajti Mountain.Albania’s landscape is heavily punctuated with the aftermath of Enver Hoxha’s communist regime, most notably in the shape of 700,000 bunkers dispersed throughout the country. For a long time, the Albanian population saw their presence as something entirely normal. This was until the sinking realization that such a costly defense method, and one against an enemy that never came, was more than just unique, it was disturbing. Tourists and journalists alike, stand in awe of these strange objects, sticking out of Albania’s stunning landscape like mushrooms cropping up after rainfall.

    ​In Albania, historical truths come about similar to the aforementioned mushrooms, one after the other and in plentiful numbers. The bunkers became part and parcel of daily life in Tirana, a regular aspect of the landscape. Then in 2014, came the opening of Bunk’Art 1. And a rather significant, but little-known truth came out to the Albanian population, the quite literal ‘concrete’ paranoia that possessed Enver Hoxha. This lurking paranoia that engulfed the former ruler was evident for all to see and Bunk art’ lies at the center of it all, a world full of secrets in Hoxha’s everlasting unfinished project.

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