Tirana

Tirana

Things to do - general

Home to almost 1 million inhabitants and of the most important governmental buildings, Tirana is the largest city in the country. It has the mountain, the artificial lake, recreational parks and the Adriatic sea within a few miles of driving.

Tirana became the capital of Albania at 1920, a turning point from where the city grew rapidly. Early mentions of it go back as far as 1614, when a local ruler built the Old Mosque, a small commercial center and a hammam. Nevertheless, the area was inhabited since the Paleolithic era, dating back to 1000 – 3000 years ago and later the Illyrian settlement was called Tërana.

Albania is well known for it’s religious tolerance. Et’hem Bey Mosque in the center of the city was build around 1789, being reconstructed several times since then. Starting from 1925 it is home of the World Headquarters of the Bektashi Order. The Catholic Cathedral “Saint Mary” was built in 1865 with the expenses of the Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph, whereas the Resurrection of Christ the Orthodox Cathedral of Tirana, opened in 2012 and it’s the 3rd largest orthodox church in Europe.

Tirana is notorious for its architecture, mixing both classical and modern styles. The governmental buildings, such as the ministerial complex, the National Bank and the Municipality building located at the city center were constructed by Italian architects during King Zog’s ruling. The main boulevards “Dëshmorët e Kombit” and “Nënë Tereza” was also constructed during that time.

One of the idiosyncrasies of the city can be considered the Pyramid. It was build around 1988 to be a museum or mausoleum for the former dictator, Enver Hoxha. After the ‘90s used to be a club named “Mumja” and was rumored for demolition a couple of years ago. Nevertheless,  now it is named the International Center of Culture, thus being used as an alternative art exhibition area and concert hall.

In the center of Tirana is the monument of the national hero, Skanderbeg, created from the artists Odhise Paskali, Andrea Mano and Janaq Paço. A few minutes in distance, is the Monument of the Independence, created in 2012 to commemorate 100 years of independence.

 

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Country Tirana
Languages spokenAlbanian, English, Italian, German
Currency usedLek, Euro, Dollar

Sports & nature

There are 2 football stadiums, "Qemal Stafa" and "Selman Stermasi", the first named after a WWII hero and the latter after one of the best players of KF Tirana. The city is home of KF Tirana, KF Dinamo and KF Partizani.

Tirana is blessed with a gorgeous nature. The Park of the Artificial Lake is the biggest of the city. It is located at the south of the capital and was build during the '50s.

The Park of the Zoo was build in 1971 and is located in the southwest side of the city. Currently, it's under reconstruction, but generally is used as a recreational space for the citizens.

For those who want to practice sports, a few options are available:

Tennis

Mini football

Volleyball and basketball courts

Traditional food and drinks info

Tirana has a diverse and vibrant nightlife.

The city offers a range of bars, cafes and night clubs to suit all tastes. There are several bars and jazz cafes that offer delicious cocktails for a reasonable price. Usually the music in these bars is chill-out, ambiance, bossa nova and nu jazz.

Live music is something that is present almost every weekend in different locations. Several bars host different singers or bands playing international covers in acoustic or rock. Traditional and modern Albanian music can be also an option.

Latin bars spread throughout the city specialize in Latin Nights every weekend and this is a good opportunity to spend a Saturday night dancing salsa, bachata or merengue.

Nevertheless, in the outskirts of the city bigger and more noisy night clubs are located.

Culture and history info

The main cultural institutions of Tirana are the National Theater, the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania and the National Arts Gallery (Galeria Kombëtare e Arteve). Performances of renowned world composers are regularly performed by the Symphonic Orchestra of the Albanian Radio and Television and the the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania

Nevertheless, in the last years there are several artistic attempts to organize the alternative art scene. Currently, there is only one active alternative art space which offers a rich program each month. On the other side, there's the Experimental Theatre (Teatri Eksperimental "Kujtim Spahivogli"), to please the needs of the art-seeking audiences who prefer another kind of show.

The National Historic Museum, located in the center of Tirana has different pavilions of the Albanian history, starting from the paleolithic era until recent days. Different landmarks not to be missed when in town are:

Tirana Castle (Keshtjella e Tiranës)

Clock Tower of Tirana (Pirgu i Orës)

Et'hem Bey Mosque

Tanners' Bridge

Tanners' Mosque

Tirana Mosaic

Prezë Castle

Petrelë Castle

Kapllan Pasha's Grave

"Post Bllok" Memorial

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