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Leave the pier and take a one hour drive along Durres’ thoroughfares towards Tirana.
Tirana, Albania’s bustling modern capital city, lies to the east of the Dajti Mountains and the coastal plains. Arriving in the bustling capital you will visit the National Historical Museum, the country’s largest museum with displays of all aspects of Albania’s history. While touring the city you will see landmarks and monuments that date back to the Romans, Byzantines and Turks; the Et’hem Bey Mosque and clock tower; and also monuments to the Italian and communist eras including the Pyramid, Enver Hoxha’s cenotaph. The gaily painted communist buildings, the result of a major reclamation project are world famous, and the city now boasts numerous high-rise towers and trade centre.
The city centre is Skanderbeg Square, complete with a sculpture of the hero on horseback. Tirana’s Landmark and Historic Kinostudio. Kinostudio was the ‘New Albania’ film studio founded in 1952 as a showpiece of the new communist regime. One of its first films was the historic epic Skanderbeg’ which won acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. The original film companies have long since closed but they have left a legacy of 200 films behind, amongs the props and old film sets. Some films were propaganda as they were co-produced by the communist regime, but also many fine socialist realist feature and documentary movies. You will have an opportunity to watch a documentary about the communist regime.
For the ultimate perspective of Tirana we shall ride the Dajti Express cable car to the top of Dajti Mountain, nearly 5300 feet above sea level.
Tour of Tirana city, National Historical Museum & Archaeological Treasures.
Images from the tour