Self-Guided Places of Worship Tour of Tirana, Tirana

Tirana is home to a number of beautiful places of worship representing the three main religions practiced in the city-- Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Islam. Many religious institutions suffered during the communist period, when many believers were persecuted and places of worship were requisitioned for other purposes. Most were reopened and restored after 1990. Take this tour to discover the beautiful and diverse places of worship in Tirana.
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Self-Guided Places of Worship Tour of Tirana Map

Guide Name: Self-Guided Places of Worship Tour of Tirana
Guide Location: Albania » Tirana (See other walking tours in Tirana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: rose
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Orthodox Church of the Holy Annunciation

1) Orthodox Church of the Holy Annunciation (must see)

The Orthodox Church of the Holy Annunciation was constructed in 1964, but it functioned as a place of worship for only three years. The building was used as the Tirana Sports Club until 1990. The Orthodox Church of Albania became self-governing in 1922. The church suffered during the communist period, but it revived after Albania gained independence in...   view more
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Catholic Church of St Marie

2) Catholic Church of St Marie (must see)

The beautiful church of St. Marie was a gift from Franz Jozef, Emperor of Austro-Hungary. It was built in 1865. The church stopped functioning as a place of worship in 1967, as did many other churches during the communist era in Albania. The building was used as a cinema and was opened again as a church in...   view more
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Et'hem Bey Mosque

3) Et'hem Bey Mosque (must see)

The Et'hem Bey Mosque is located in the center of the Albanian capital of Tirana. Construction started in 1789 under the direction of Molla Bey, and it was finished in 1823 by his son Ethem Pasha (Haxhi Ethem Bey), great-grandson of Sulejman Pasha. Under the totalitarian regime of the Socialist People's Republic of Albania, the mosque was closed. On January 18, 1991, despite opposition from communist authorities, 10,000 people entered the mosque carrying flags. This was at the onset of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Orthodox Cathedral

4) Orthodox Cathedral

The Orthodox Cathedral is situated in the middle of downtown Tirana. Construction of the new Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ is almost complete. The church dome is designed with a great gold Byzantine cross that is being built by a Greek-American firm. The building project also includes construction of a synod building, conference center and a small...   view more
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Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul

5) Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul

The Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul looks a little like a hotel from both the outside and inside. The architecture of the church is impressive. There is a statue of St. Paul on the roof of the cathedral. Stained glass windows near the entrance picture John Paul II and Mother...   view more
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Xhamia e Tabakeve Mosque

6) Xhamia e Tabakeve Mosque

The Xhamia e Tabakeve Mosque is located in the center of Tirana, across the Tabakeve Bridge. It is one of the oldest mosques in Tirana, along with the Kokonazi Mosque. It was built in the eighteenth century. From 1967 through 1990, the mosque was unable to function as a place of worship under order from the communist regime. After 1990, and the end of the communist government, the mosque was reopened and...   view more
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Kokonozi Mosque

7) Kokonozi Mosque

The Kokonazi Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the city of Tirana. It was built in the middle of the eighteenth century. Like many other places of worship in Albania, this mosque was used for other purposes during the communist era and only reopened as a place of worship in 1990. It has simple architecture with many Gothic elements. The mosque cupola is covered with a...   view more

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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Tirana has an eventful history. The city has been a part of the Ottoman Empire, suffered through World War II, endured rule by a communist regime, and worked through the disorder of the 1990s after the collapse of communism. The landmarks of Tirana reflect these turbulent times. On this tour you will visit an elegant Ottoman bridge, historic buildings dating back to the nineteenth century, the former residence of communist leader Enver Hoxha and more. Spend a few hours discovering the most popular sites of Tirana.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Self-Guided Museums and Galleries Tour of Tirana

Self-Guided Museums and Galleries Tour of Tirana

Discover the museums and galleries of Tirana. The history and culture of Albania is richly revealed through the National History Museum, various archaeological finds from across Albania and a preserved nineteenth-century house. Spend a few hours discovering the history, culture and art of Albania by taking this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km