Sights in TiranaEdit This
Beautiful Tirana sights in this small and lovely city include modern and old architecture. Tirana is the capital of Albania, and is highly regarded by a lot of tourists as a good destination for those who want to see the marriage of European and Ottoman architecture. Here are some of the sights in Tirana that will surely please your senses.
Located at the center of the city, the Sheshi Skënderbej is the city's plaza. The square has the popular lock tower and is surrounded with famous landmarks in Tirana, such as the National History Museum and the Theater of Opera and Ballet. The square is surrounded by a lot of buildings with designs that are reminiscent of Turkish architecture due to the fact that Tirana was ruled by the Ottomans in the early 1800s. This is a good place to start your tour in Tirana, and it is also a good place to meet locals and mingle with them.
The Pyramid (Piramida)
Located in the heart of the city, this structure is a venue for large conventions and other affairs. However, this was originally built as a museum during 1987, and was based on the design of the daughter of Enver Hoxha, the dictator in Albania during 1980s. The building has a design reminiscent of the old pyramids of Egypt, and is considered as one of the largest structures in Tirana today.
Get a glimpse of the rich yet tragic history of Tirana by visiting the Martyr’s Cemetery, located near the high outskirts of the city. This cemetery holds the remains of the patriots who defended Tirana during World War II. You can also see the statue of Mother Albania at the center of the cemetery, which appears to be watching the graves of the fallen heroes.
Rising 1,612 meters above sea level, Mount Dajti offers a great view of the city. This majestic mountain can be reached by taking an Austrian express cable car. This mountain is also a haven for people who want to engage in winter sports, mountain climbing and other extreme activities, while others just go here to relax, breathe fresh mountain air, and escape from the hectic pace of Tirana.
Et’hem Bey Mosque
This mosque was built during 1821 and is regarded as the most beautiful and majestic mosque in Albania. This mosque was highly utilized as a place for worship during the Ottoman rule, and is now a museum open to the public every day.