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The monument of Skanderbeg built in 1968 was placed on Skaderbeg square for the occasion of the 500-th anniversary of the death of Albanian national hero.
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Tirana International Hotel & Conference Centre
The most prestigious landmark hotel of Tirana.
Diplomat Fashion Hotel Tirana
The first boutique hotel in Albania designed by recognised Italian architect.
Hotel Miniri Tirana
Centrally located hotel.
Tirana Statistics - Tirana in numbers
Location: district Tirana, central Albania, 41° 20' N, 19° 47' E.
altitude: 90 meters above the sea level
population: 353 400 citizens
ethnic mix: majority Albanians
religion: Muslim, Orthodox, Roman Catholic
country dialing code: 355
city dialing code: 42
electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard
average January temp: 6,7°C (44.0 °F)
average July temp: 23,8°C (74.5 °F)
annual rainfall: 1200 mm (47 inches)
Tirana is one of the youngest cities in Europe, that becamed capital of their country. Founded in 1614 by a general of Ottoman sultan (ruler of medieval Turkey) there are no monuments from ancient times, but the city with it's turbulent recent time is more then a gateway to beautiful Albania.
Ethem Bey Mosque and Clocktower
One of the masterpiece of Balkan architecture of early 19 th century is the Ethem-Bey Mosque and 35 meters high Clock Work Tower. Both are situated at the main Skenderbeg Square (Sheshi Skenderbej) and the tower offers perfect place to take some Tirane bird view pictures.
International Centre of Culture, former Enver Hoxha Memorial
Since 1944 the country was under rule of communist dictatorship represented by Enver Hoxha. When he died in 1985 a large memorial was build, anyhow after 6 years the old regime ended. Today the impressive building is named Internatonal Centre of Culture.
National History Museum
To discover and understand Albanians, the nation of eagles, it is recommended to visit the National History Museum situated close to Skenderbeg Square. Once again the building is a typical representant of funcionalist communist architecture. English guides and explenation are available for majority of exhibits.