Tirana

Bulevardi Dëshmorët e Kombit

more than a year ago
The Boulevard of the Martyrs of the Nation as it’s known in English is a wide and scarily impressive, 1.3km length of road stretching north-south between Sheshi Skënderbej and Sheshi Nënë Tereza. The work of the Italian architect and engineer Gherardo Bosio (1903-1941) and still featuring many of the original examples of fascist architecture that were built along its edges and around its squares, the street dates from 1939-1941 and is the only thoroughfare in the city that gives any sense of Tirana being anything other than a typical medium-sized Balkan town. Several of the city’s better museums can be found along it, among them the National Archaeological Museum, the National Art Gallery and, at its furthest northern point, the mosaic-clad National History Museum. With the addition of the Et’hem Bey Mosque, a couple of hundred metres southeast of the National History Museum, and some of the new office blocks springing up along its length, the street offers something of a condensed history lesson of the city in one architectural ensemble.

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