Named after the national hero of Albania, Skanderbeg Square is the central square of Tirana and a must-see for any visitor to the city. It is home to several important landmarks, including the National History Museum and the Et’hem Bey Mosque. One legend associated with the square is that it was once the site of a large lake, which was drained by Skanderbeg and his soldiers in order to defeat the Ottoman army.
National History Museum of Tirana
Opening its doors to the public in 1981, the National Museum of History is a must-see for any visitor interested in the rich history of Albania. Located in the heart of Skanderbeg Square, the museum houses a wide range of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of the country’s past, including ancient Illyrian and Roman artifacts, medieval weapons and armor, and modern Albanian art. Inside the beautiful walls of this museum you can also find the famous mural mosaic “The Albanians” depicting Albania’s journey from its ancient past to its modern history.
This museum finds itself inside the confines of a former underground bunker. The Bunk’Art Museum is a unique and fascinating museum that tells the story of Albania’s communist past. The museum was built during the rule of Enver Hoxha and was intended to serve as a bomb shelter in the event of a nuclear attack. Today, it serves as a reminder of the country’s difficult history and serves as a testament to the resilience of the Albanian people.
Tirana Clock Tower
Located in the center of Tirana, the Clock Tower is an iconic landmark that has stood the test of time. It was built in the 1800s and has since become a symbol of the city. 90 steps will take you up the 35 meters this impressive tower has to offer. For those that make the climb, they will be rewarded with the most beautiful views the city has to offer.
Palace of Culture of Tirana
National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania &
National Library of Albania
Built in the Pazari/Vjeter section of the city, the Palace of Culture is a stunning neoclassical building that was built in the early 20th century. It has served as a cultural center for the city and has played host to a wide range of events, including concerts, exhibitions, and theater performances. The Palace of Culture of Tirana houses the National Library of Albania as well as the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania – which is the largest in the country and offers live performances year round.
Located in the center of Tirana, the Pyramid is a controversial building that was built in the 1980s as a museum dedicated to the communist leader Enver Hoxha. It has since become a symbol of the city and has undergone several renovations and transformations. Today, the Pyramid serves as a cultural center and is home to a wide range of events and exhibitions.
Standing at 1,600 meters -and conveniently located just outside of Tirana- Mount Dajt is a very popular destination for those looking to head out of the city for a bit…or longer. The mountain offers stunning views of the city and surrounding countryside and is home to a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking. Make sure to gaze upon the iconic snow covered peaks if you visit during the winter months.
Grand Park of Tirana
Presidential Palace of Tirana
Saint Procopius Church
Zoopark Tirana &
Tirana Botanical Garden
The Grand Park of Tirana is a large and beautiful park with its own lake that is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. It is home to a wide range of plant and animal life, children’s playgrounds, and a variety of walking trails. Within the Grand Park you can find the Presidential Palace of Tirana, which is currently the official residence of the president of Albania. The Saint Procopius Church, Zoopark Tirana and the Botanical Garden are also located inside the park.
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