Palace of Culture of Tirana, Tirana

Palace of Culture of Tirana, Tirana

The Palace of Culture of Tirana is a notable, historic building that now holds a theatre, shops and an art gallery. It was built as a gift from the Soviets with president Nikita Khrushchev symbolically laying the first brick. The building was completed in 1966.

The building is an example of Stalinist architecture. As such, it resembles many other buildings built in the mid-20th century in eastern Europe. As no renovations have taken place in the Palace of Culture, it retains the details that are indicative of communist architectural style. This is particularly true in the National Theatre.

The palace was built atop the historic mosque of Mahmud Muhsin Bey Stermasi, built in 1840. The mosque was destroyed under Enver Hoxha and the Albanian Labor Party in order to promote the communist ideal of state atheism. The old bazaar was also destroyed to make way for the palace.

The Palace of Culture includes the National Library of Albania and the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania.

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Palace of Culture of Tirana on Map

Sight Name: Palace of Culture of Tirana
Sight Location: Tirana, Albania (See walking tours in Tirana)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Tirana, Albania

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Tirana Introduction Walking Tour

Tirana Introduction Walking Tour

Tirana is Albania's largest city. It is also the country's center of culture and government. Though the city itself was founded by the Ottomans in 1614, its history goes back to earlier times.

The Romans settled in the area that would become Tirana in the 3rd century. The Byzantine Emperor Justinian I built a castle that has some remnants left for tourists to see today. Tirana Castle,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Communist Heritage Sites

Communist Heritage Sites

The people of Albania lived in a Communist state from 1976 through 1992. The country was ruled by one party, the Party of Labor of Albania. Dictator Enver Hoxha held power over the country and established a Stalinist-style of administration.

Citizens were oppressed by the secret police, known as the Sigurimi. They would spy on anyone who they believed to be an enemy of the state. Those who were...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles