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It is the capital of Albania. The architecture is soviet style although you can also see Turkish and Roman. In Tirana you will find the University of Tirana, the Agriculture Institute, the Science Academy, and the National Library. Other sites of interest are Etehem Bey Mosque, the National Museum of Albanian Culture, the National History Museum, the Natural Science Museum, and the Archeology Museum.Shkodra
With a population of 81,000 it is a city of narrow street and high brick walls on both sides. Since the Second World War, some areas of Shkodra have been transformed with wide streets and tall buildings. The industrial area was built in the northern part of the city. Some sites of interest: Shkodra’s castle, the Turkish Bath, Plumbi Mosque.Berat
It is 2000 years old and one of the oldest cities in Albania and it is also one of the most beautiful cities. It is located in the South of Albania. Berat is also known as the city of a thousand windows.Saranda
A city in southern Albania known for its unforgetable beaches and colorful spring blooms.Vlora
Lively seaside city, nice beaches south of town. Passanger ferries to and from Italy dock here.Durres
One of the oldest cities in Albania. Flooded three times during its history. The current city is built on the ruins of two previous ones. It has the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans. It is currently the main port of Albania and has the longest shoreline.
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Tirana International Airport (TIA) is 25km (16 miles) from the capital. To/from the airport: An hourly bus service runs into the city centre between 0700 and 1900 (journey time - 30 minutes if traffic is light). Taxis are also available. Facilities: Small duty-free shop, ATM (in arrivals terminal), newsagents, souvenir kiosk and cafeGetting to Albania by Water
Main ports: Durrësi, Vlora and Shëngjini.
connections toBari (journey time - 9 hours), to Ancona (journey time -
18 hours) and to Trieste (journey time - 24 hours) in Italy . It is
also possible to travel from Durrësito Bari via catamaran (journey time
- 3 hours).
Vlorahas ferry connections to Brindisi (journey time - 6-8 hours).
Saranda has a hydrofoil service (journey time - 30 minutes) and a ferry service (journey time - 90 minutes) to Corfu. The ferry companies Finikas and Albkorfuz have ticket-offices in Corfu town.
The main international bus routes to Tirana are from Prishtina via Prizreni in Kosova; from Tetova via Debar in Macedonia; and from Thessalonica, Ioannina and Athens in Greece. There are also buses from Ulqinj to Shkodra.Brief History
Albania was first inhabited by the Illyrian tribe. Later, the Greek arrived, around the 7th century B.C. Around the year 214 B.C. and after a long war; the Romans occupied Albania.
During the 5th and 6th centuries, Albania was invaded by the Visigoths, the Huns, the Ostrogoths, and Slavs. In the 14th century, independent feudal states appeared while the cities were developing.
In 1389 after defeating Serbs and Turks, Albania falls under the Ottoman rule until 1912 when the 28 of November the Albanians declared independence.
In 1939 during the Second World War, the Italians occupied their country. Communist partisans fought Italian occupation forces, and after a long war, they took control of the country, constituting a regime that lasted until 1990, the year of the Berlin wall fall.Culture
- Painting was strongly influenced by Byzantine art between the V and
the XV century, although by the end of the early Renaissance, between
the XV and XVII centuries, the Italian influence was very strong.
Architecture - the architectonic but old monuments in Albania are from the first millennium before Christ and were constructed by the Illyrians. Greek and the Romans who occupied Albania still constructed structures that are still visible in urban and rural landscapes.
Museums and Libraries - Albania has several museums of archaeology, ethnography and religious and nonreligious art.