A unique itinerary of the city
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Itinerary for the first day in Tirana
Our tourist route starts from the center of Tirana and great Skanderbeg square. The first place to visit is undoubtedly Skanderbeg Square, a plaza by the impressive size it once served to remember the greatness of the communist army, which he used to make his fashion shows in this great space. The name is derived from a national hero Skanderbeg who fought against the Ottoman Empire, so the square is a statue that depicts him on horseback. Also in the square is the Clock Tower, the symbol of the city, also known as Kulla and Sahatit. The tower is 35 meters high and was built in 1820. It is constantly illuminated and you can climb to the top to enjoy a wonderful view.
Nearby you can not miss a visit to the Mosque Et'hem Bey, only mosque that has managed to survive the Communist regime. It was built in 1789 and has many paintings and decorations both internal and external. You can enter only if accompanied by a local guide, you will not have trouble finding.
Also near the square is no way Kavajes, which is the Catholic Church of Santa Maria, built in 1865 as a gift from Emperor Franz Josef Austro-Hungarian Empire: it was closed in 1967 due to the ban on all religious activities and It was reopened in 1990.
Not far away is the Orthodox church, rebuilt in 1964, also closed in 1967 and reopened in 1990. A stage to visit is via Mishira Shiry, shopping boulevard and where is the third largest Orthodox church in the world, the Orthodox Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, a majestic building built between 2001 and 2012 as compensation for the destruction by the Communist regime of the old cathedral in 1967 which stood in the square, which today is the Hotel Tirana. The cathedral is circular and has a huge dome studded with a mosaic representing Christ Pantocrator created by Josif Droboniku, also it has a high bell tower and golden inside we find an amphitheater, a museum, an exhibition hall, a presentation room and a library. To conclude the tour of the main places of worship, you can visit the Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul, modern building outside promises not very attractive, apart from a beautiful white statue depicting Mother Teresa of Calcutta, but inside There is a remarkable modern architecture and a very beautiful stained glass window depicting Pope John Paul II and always her, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. To end the day you can return to the town center and cross the "lock", so called because the district at the time the regime was denied entrance because the dictator resided there. In this area you can relax with shopping and taste of the dishes in the many restaurants, or have a few drinks in the evening, since it is one of the key places of nightlife in Tirana, which is unexpectedly lively nightlife.
Route of the second day in Tirana.
The second day you can devote to culture, starting with a visit to the Pyramid. This is the International Center of Culture. It was built in 1988 as a museum focusing on the dictator Enver Hoxha. They say it is the most expensive building in the history of the country. When the communist regime fell, the structure became a cultural center. In front of the pyramid is the Peace Bell, a facility dedicated to the period of post-communism. The building was created by merging the shells collected by the children during the period of Anarchy in 1997, with the aim of remembering those difficult years.
Another cultural destination is the National History Museum Albanian: since its facade you can see a mosaic created by contemporary artists and entitled "Albanians", which depicts the people of Albania in history. This is the largest museum of the whole nation, covers 27,000 square meters, while 18,000 are available for any exhibitions.
It was opened in 1981 and in it you can enjoy many works that represent all the history and culture of the country. If you just want to walk around and admire the monuments outdoor Trannes head to the bridge, built entirely of stone and dating back to the Ottoman period. Even the Fortress of Justinian is worth a visit, this castle was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in order, to this day there are only 6 meters high walls well. Another impressive work and worthy of note is the statue of Mother Albania, located near the war cemetery and over 12 meters high. If you find yourself walking the boulevard that leads to the University pay attention to the buildings of embassies and ministries, you will find to be so in a foreign country, but with Italian style buildings, because of the work carried out by the Italians in this country during the fascist period.
If the weather permits you may visit Mount Dajti, reachable by cable car coming directly from Tirana, to the summit you can enjoy a peaceful environment, a beautiful view and you can enjoy the local cuisine.
About local cuisine, to the delicious taste of dishes, we suggest you make a bet on the Central Market, especially for lunch. If you prefer to devote half a day to explore a location outside Tirana, you can head to Kruja, a historic town 50 minutes by train from Tirana (or minibus), birthplace of Skandenbeg, with a beautiful old town in the hills. Here you can visit the castle, the ethnographic museum and the market, full of skilled craftsmen, where you can buy souvenirs for friends and family.
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