The Pyramid of Tirana (commonly called the Enver Hoxha Museum / Mausoleum) is encompassed by the 4 roads Bajram Curri Boulevard, Ttuga Papa Gjon Pali II, Rruga Ismail Qemali and the Bulevardi Deshmoret e Kombit, sprawling capital Tirana, Albania.
The pyramid styled structured was completed and opened in 1988. Designed by Pirro Vaso, Pranvera Hoxha (Enver Hoxha’s daughter), Klement Kolanexi and Vladimir Bregu. Its 17,000 meters squared form of Brutalist architecture is serving reminder to Albania’s communist years. It began as a museum dedicated to Enver Hoxha (the leader of Albania from 1944 – 1985) in honor of his 80th birthday.
The glass from the roof and down the sides has shattered and broken spots. Barbed wire ruins all across the top. The inside has been completely trashed. The marble tiles outside the building (seen in picture 1) were removed a few years ago.
Modern times use the building in a different way. Many locals and travelers scale to the top to see the lovely city of Tirana at sunrise, sunset or just any time in general.
The Peace Bell is located just feet away from the doors of the Pyramid of Tirana. It was made by 20,000 bullet casings. These were gathered by children in Shkodra in 1997 when the country was under threat of civil war. The memorial bell has taken damage over the years.
The house of Enver Hoxha is nearby and has been turned into a museum. The surrounding area is filled with clubs, museums, schools, hotels, restaurants and government buildings. Such a solemn building standing amidst a bustling city.
In 1991, the building was used as a conference center due to the collapse of Communism. With the onset of the Kosovo War in 1999, the building was purposed as a base by NATO.
It Wears as it Grows, a movie by Armando Lulaj had scenes filmed inside the pyramid in 2011.
Through-out the years some have wanted to demolition of the structure but many have voiced it to be re-purposed. Opera houses, a new parliament building and more have all been ideas for new use. In 2018, it was set to become an IT center for youth but work has yet to begin on the building.
Where is the abandoned Pyramid of Tirana located? You can find ti with these coordinates. 41.323055, 19.821434.
Photograph 1 by Hélène Veilleux / Flickr. Used with permissions under license CC. Photographs 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 by Dennis Jarvis / Flickr. Used with permissions and licensed under CC. Image 7 released to Public Domain.