There was a rumor that Albania got 700,000 bunkers, but the government officials said 173,000. Today, though many bunkers have collapsed or been destroyed. Many are abandoned, which you can find on the path to the mountain or by the coastline. Some are repurposed and converted into restaurants, cafes, stores, and museums.
Bunk’Art 2 is an ex-nuclear bunker that was transformed into a museum. A very interesting historic place in the heart of Tirana – mostly about “Sigurimi” the brutal police of the communist dictator. It preserved an insightful and painful look into the lives of Albanians under the rule of Enver Hoxha.
Pyramid of Tirana
The Pyramid (previously called: Enver Hoxha Pyramid) was designed as a museum by the late Albanian communist leader’s daughter. It is to show Enver Hoxha’s power and to maintain his legacy. After the fall of Communism, this unique monument became a symbol of the previous era and was repurposed multiple times, until it lost its appeal.
Dutch-architecture studio MVRDV is set to convert the 11,835-square-metre pyramid in central Tirana into a “people’s monument” that contains cafes, studios, workshops, and classrooms where free lessons will be available to young Albanians.