Over fall break we decided to stay in Tirana and learn more about where we live. So often it seems that we are too busy to explore and delve more deeply into the history and culture right in front of us. So we spent a few days being tourists and came away with a deeper appreciation for the complex history and the rich culture of this country we have the privilege to call “home” right now.
Joined a walking tour – one stop was Tirana’s “pyramid”
The Clock Tower
Downtown square from the top of the clock tower
We joined a free walking tour one day! Our guide was interesting and informative!
Visited the National Art Gallery
Italian style architecture
Toptani Road by what’s left of Tirana “castle”
Communist era bunker and piece of Berlin wall
Inside the bunker museum
Communist era female fighter
Statues of Communist leaders (can you recognize Stalin and Lenin?)
Statue of Sulejman Pasha (founder of Tirana)
The Unknown Partisan
Tanner’s Bridge (Ottoman)