You can visit the Ethem Bey Mosque in Skanderberg Square in 1789, the Sahat-Kulla (Clock Tower) dated 1830, and the Puppet Theater, which once hosted the puppet parliament of King Zog. You can see many old monuments and you can see the city view by visiting these structures. Here are some of the places you should not return without seeing them in Tirana:
1. Et’hem Bey Mosque
Hacı Et’hem Bey Mosque is a mosque built in Tirana, the capital of today’s Albanian Republic, during the Ottoman State. Edhem Bey Mosque is located in the square in the center of Tirana and next to the clock tower. The mosque has a single dome and a square plan. There are porticoes at the entrance of the mosque. The mosque, which was closed during the communist regime, was reopened in 1991.
2. Clock Tower
Tirana Clock Tower is a clock tower in Tirana, the capital of Albania. The tower was built by Et’hem Bey in 1822 and is located next to Ethem Bey Mosque. The tower is 35 meters high and has 90 steps stairs. It is one of the ideal addresses for those who want to enjoy the view of the city.
3. Skanderbeg Square
The statue on the Skanderbeg horse, located in an area of 40,000 square meters, is located right in the center of Tirana and is 11 meters long. For this reason, the area where it is located was named Skanderbeg Square. Skanderbeg is loved by the Albanian people for its contributions to the city. Skanderbeg Square, the first place that comes to mind when it comes to Tirana, was reshaped in 2012.
4. Tirana National History Museum
Tirana National History Museum was opened in 1981. The museum, which has 8 different sections in total, has thousands of works. In this respect, it is the biggest museum of Tirana and Albania.
When you enter the museum, an image of Jesus’ Last Supper welcomes us in the area after the main entrance. Then the exhibition halls continue with the Middle Ages along with the First Age. There are galleries where you can see the development towards the Paleolithic and Early Middle Ages, where you can examine ancient objects, embossed silver and bronze coins. There are also objects belonging to the Illyrians in this region of the Balkans. Economic, social, political and cultural developments of Albanians can be seen in the galleries dating from the 6th century to the 15th century.
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5. Tirana Congress Palace
It was built during the late communist era to host the Congresses of Albanian Labor Party and other main activities. Today, the palace is used as a nonfunctional venue, that hosts conferences, festivals, exhibitions, ceremonies, concerts and more. It currently has a capacity of 2,100 seats.
There are three other smaller halls, with a smaller capacity of 150, 280 and 300 people, designed as working environments for different meetings and occasions.It was designed to harmonize different elements of the local architecture from north to south.