Pyramid, Tirana

Pyramid, Tirana

The Pyramid of Tirana is a structure that has served as a cultural center, museum and NATO base. It first opened in 1988 and closed in 1991 after the collapse of communism in the country.

The first museum held in the pyramid was the Enver Hoxha Museum. It showcased the legacy and history of Enver Hoxha, leader of Communist Albania who died in 1985. Designed in part by Hoxha's daughter, Pranvera Hoxha, it was the most expensive building ever built in Albania.

After the fall of communism, The Pyramid was briefly used as an exhibition center. It became a base of operations for NATO in 1999 during the War in Kosovo. Most of the pyramid has remained empty and has experienced some vandalism. There were plans to demolish the structure in 2017, but protests from citizens led to preservation and renovation instead.

The Pyramid is currently undergoing refurbishment so that it may be used as an IT center for youth. The TUMO Center, its new name, will give young people education on computer programming and robotics. It is also used as a broadcasting center for Top Channel and Top Albania Radio.

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Pyramid on Map

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

Create Your Own Walk in Tirana

Create Your Own Walk in Tirana

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tirana is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
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