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Tirana's Colorful Facade

Discover Tirana's Colorful Facade in Tirana, Albania: What happens when you cross a mayor and a painter?

Edi Rama, oggi primo ministro albanese, prima di essere sindaco di Tirana è stato un affermato artista. Dopo la caduta del regime comunista in Albania, Rama ha deciso di lasciare Parigi e di tornare a Tirana per candidarsi al governo della città, dove nel 2000 è stato eletto.

The mayor of Tirana, Albania had an unconventional plan to make his city more livable: color!

In 2000, Mayor Edi Rama, a former painter and Minister of Culture, decided to spruce things up a bit and commissioned bright, patterned paint jobs on many of the communist-era apartment blocks. Sometimes abstract, sometimes geometric, art covers the Painted Buildings of Tirana.  This shows the before and after of his efforts.

In Mayor Edi Rama, a former painter and Minister of Culture, decided to…

Painted apartment building from the Tirana color facade project, 2001–11, Tirana, Albania, 2007.

Painted apartment building from the Tirana color facade project, Tirana, Albania,

The Clock Tower of Tirana (Albanian: Kulla e Sahatit), was built in Tirana, Albania in 1822 by Haxhi Et'hem Bey, who also finished the building of the Et'hem Bey Mosque.[2] The stairs have 90 steps that go in a spiral fashion. It is 35 metres (115 ft) tall and was the tallest building in Tirana at the time.

Clock Tower of Tirana, Albania. The Clock Tower of Tirana was built in 1822 by…

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