Self-Guided Places of Worship Tour of Tirana, Tirana (Self Guided)

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 1992.
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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 1990.
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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 the fall of communism in Albania. The frescoes of the mosque are still life paintings of trees, waterfalls and bridges, a rarity in Islamic art. Tours of the mosque are given daily, although not during prayer service.
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 museum.
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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 Teresa.
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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 restored.
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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 roof.

Walking Tours in Tirana, Albania

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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

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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: 3.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tirana for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tirana has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tirana, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.