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Tirane

Tirane (pop. 800,000) is the capital of Albania, served by the ‘Mother Teresa’ International Airport 20 km to the north-west. Its origins go back to the Middle Ages. Sights of interest in the city and its neighbourhood are the National Historical Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the National Art Gallery, the Mosque of Ethem Bey, the clock tower, the Mount Dajti nature reserve (which can be reached by cable-car) and the castles of Petrela, Persqop and Dors etc.

The National Historical Museum

The National Historical Museum stands in the city centre in Skanderbeg Square and is the most important museum in Albania. In various sections are displays concerning the whole of Albania from prehistoric until recent times. The famous so-called ‘Goddess of Butrint’, the mosaic portraying ‘The Beauty of Durrës’, 65 icons ranging from the 13th to the 19th centuries and many other outstanding objects reflecting the history and culture of Albania are all assembled here

Goddess of Butrint

The Goddess of Butrint is the name attached to a marble head of Apollo, which was carved in the 1st century AD as a copy of a work by the Greek Sculptor Praxiteles. The ‘goddess’ was excavated in Butrint in 1938

Beauty of Durres

The Beauty of Durrës is the modern name of a female head in mosaic which was found in Durrës and dates from the 4th century BC. This outstanding mosaic includes rich vegetal decoration encircling the head

Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum is part of the Institute of Archaeology in Mother Teresa Square. In three large rooms are displayed approximately 2,000 finds which range from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages and which come from all parts of Albania

National Art Gallery

The National Art Gallery possesses c. 4,000 works of art from the 13th century to the present. In addition to the permanent displays (mainly icons), the gallery hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary native and foreign artists (painters, sculptors, photographers) and special events such as the Marubi Photography Prize and the Tirana Biennale

Mosque of Ethem Bey

Mosque of Ethem Bey stands in the city centre on Skanderbeg Square and was built in 1794–1821. It is richly decorated with paintings. Beside the main entrance are the tombs of the founder and his wife