• Known as Kulla e Sahatit, it is located in the city's central square.
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    The Clock Tower of Tirana

    Known as Kulla e Sahatit, it is located in the city's central square.

Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Albania

Tirana, the capital (240,000 inhabitants), is lodged between Skanderberg Square and the long and large Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard, the routine itinerary for a calm evening stroll, between the equestrian statue of the national hero and the three arches of the University. Most of the administrative buildings are vestiges from the eras Mussolini and Stalin. Around the Skanderberg statue is the Tirana Hotel, the National History Museum, the Culture Centre offered by the USSR, but whose construction was completed after the break-up, and the Ethem Bey Mosque, the only ancient structure in the area (1793) together with the Clock Tower (1830) which faces the nearby minaret. The Boulevard cuts across the Tirana Art Gallery, the Dajti Hotel constructed by the Italians and, after the bridge spanning the Lana River, you will see the ancient Enver Hoxha Museum that has become the International Centre of Culture. Further to the right, in the Ismaļl Qemali Street, is the real Enver Hoxha Museum (the home of this important character in Albanian history was only opened to the public long after his death). The Boulevard also cuts across the modern Conference Centre and the Archaeological Museum. You should also visit Tirana's large park at the end of your walk around the city. There is also a plethora of kiosks and small refreshment booths all over the city.

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