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    Posted: 14 July 2015 at 04:05
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Photos taken during a brief visit to Tirana, Albania in June 2015. Albania was closed off to the outside world between 1945 until the modern democratic republic was created in 1992.
All a99 and CZ 24-70mm ZA.

1.Traditional vs modern.
Traditional dress, Albania by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

2. Now pretty much derelict, the former Hoxha Mausoleum and Museum was designed by the Communist Dictator's daughter showcasing his life and achievements. One of the ugliest buildings you'd see anywhere.
Former Hoxha Museum, Tirana by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

3. During our short visit, the central part of Tirana was in lock-down due to a State visit by the Serbian President. Security was everywhere and various streets were blocked off.
Policeman, Tirana by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

4. Skanderbeg is the national hero who fought off the Ottomans and created Albania as a nation in the Middle Ages.
Skanderbeg monument, Tirana by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

5. During the Communist era, religion was repressed, but this beautiful mosque was preserved and is now fully functional. A large part of the Albanian population is Moslem.
Et'hem Bey Mosque, Tirana by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

6. Beautifully hand painted non-figurative decoration.
Et'hem Bey Mosque dome by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

7. Mihrab and pulpit.
Et'hem Bey Mosque pulpit by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

8. Beautiful lacquer artwork.
Et'hem Bey Mosque balcony by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

9.
Et'hem Bey Mosque caretaker by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

10. Typical Communist era heroic artwork on the facade of the National Historical Museum, tracing the history of Albania from the Neolithic through to the present. Unfortunately no photos allowed inside.
National History Museum, Tirana by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

11. One of the hundreds of thousands of bomb shelters (correction: 2 person bunkers, thanks Addy) that were built throughout Albania on Hoxha's orders during the Cold War era. They are everywhere.
Bunker, Tirana by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

12.
Presidential Palace, Tirana by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

13. Looking a bit eerie devoid of traffic due to the Serb President's State Visit, but I suspect there's not all that much vehicular traffic anyway.
University of Tirana by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

14.
Tirana University by Joe Lewit, on Flickr


Edited by Jozioau - 14 July 2015 at 21:34
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Thank you, I was in Tirana during a trip in 2009 and I really liked it. I've got pictures from most places you show here - but it is on film. That square in front of the university building was also empty in 2009, with no Serbian president in sight However, I notice it now is asphalted while it was a brick road back then.

BTW, what you describe as a bombshelter, could better be described as a bunker as it is a one person defensive position and the country side indeed is dotted with them. A weird look to be honest.
Edit: they even have a Wikipedia page of their own.

I've got one picture on-line from Tirana, so, I will show it here:

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Edited by addy landzaat - 14 July 2015 at 14:22
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 July 2015 at 14:53
Addy,
Thanks for your post, and I have corrected the caption of my photo 11 to bunker rather than bomb shelter. The actual one I photographed is preserved in a city park as a display with a glass surround to let in the light, and it has just enough standing room for 2 soldiers, with machine gun mounting brackets under the slit windows to fire out from.
Your link to the Wikipedia entry about these bunkers is fascinating account of this crazy obsession.
And of course your photo is of the National Historical Museum (my photo 10) but taken looking along the facade, with the heroic mural under the row of bracket lighting.

Edited by Jozioau - 14 July 2015 at 21:26
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