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The out-of-place Pyramid was built as a museum in honor of Enver Hoxha, a former Albanian leader who furthered the ideals of Stalinism for decades after the Russian dictator died. Designed by Hoxha’s daughter and son-in-law to keep the leader’s legacy alive, earning it the informal name, “The Enver Hoxha Mausoleum.” The museum retained its original purpose until 1991, and as national attitudes began to change, space was converted to a convention center in the first shift in purpose that would eventually lead to its downfall.
An Abandoned Pyramid In The City
When after over 40 years, Albania's hardliner ultra-Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha finally snuffed it in 1985, it was decided to honor him not just with the grand hero's grave he was initially given at the Martyrs' Cemetery in the south of Tirana, but to build him a gargantuan mausoleum right in the centre of the capital. Hoxha's architect daughter Pranvera herself, together with her husband Klement Kolaneci, saw to the design of the mausoleum, officially to be called 'Enver Hoxha Memorial Museum'. Allegedly, the resultant building became the most expensive ever erected in Albania. Its extraordinary pyramid-like shape clad in white marble would have been matched inside with an exhibition celebrating the late autocrat and his glorious achievements through the display of all manner of artifacts somehow connected to the life and works of the great dead man. Learning about its history and admiring its abandoned building is one of the things to do at Pyramid.
It is not recommended for everybody, but some people have done it. If you decide to do it, just make sure be extra careful. One of the highlights that most young people do on their Pyramid tour is to climb the wall of the abandoned construction and reach its top to see the city panorama. The back-end of the building is fenced and inaccessible. At the front, it has six petals - ascents of different incline. Climb the Pyramid carefully. The incline is not slippery, but your head is swimming cause you feel as if you are standing on the wall of the building. On the top, you'll find a little platform where you can see Albanian capital from the height of the seventh floor - not too high comparing with modern buildings. However, the view is incredible. It could be one of the best things to do at Pyramid.
Next thing to do at Pyramid is to visit the Peace Bell. This is an interesting monument situated near to the Pyramid, not very large, but very meaningful. This bell is a reminder of the past. It is made from gun shells spent during the unrest of 1997 when hundreds of people lost their lives after the collapse of the pyramid schemes. Children of the Catholic Zadrima community gathered the shells and the monument was built. It's worth a visit when you're on a Pyramid tour.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entrance fee to enjoy the things to do at Pyramid, it's an abandoned building and people are free to come and go there.
How To Get Around?
Pyramid tour can be done by walking and climbing. It is located in the city center and is easily explored. You can take a walk around the Pyramid to see the architecture and grafitti. From here, you can walk to other major attractions in town.
What Should I Wear?
Wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking around. If you visit during the summer day, put on your sunscreen to protect your skin.
Best Time to Visit
Pyramid tour can be done at any time of the year. It's always open for public and mostly not crowded. You can always enjoy your time here anytime you go.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, the Pyramid is an abandoned building with history but you can find everything about it on the internet. There is no need to hire a guide to enjoy the things to do at Pyramid.
How To Get There?
The Pyramid of Tirana is located in the square centre at the intersection of Deshmoret e Kombit and Bajram Curri avenues. From the city center, you an simply walk for around 5 minutes to get to this place.
The building is covered with vandalism: mostly grafitti. Please do not vandalize this building when you visit and leave it the same as like when you find it. Keep the area clean during your visit.