Tirana is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Albania. It was founded in 1614 by Sulejman Pasha and became Albania’s capital in 1920. It has a population of 700’000 inhabitants.
Instead of different industries, Tirana has a variety of cultural elements. The Et’hem Bey mosque which was begun in1789 and finished in 1821. Another landmark located near the Et’hem Bey Mosque, in Scanderbeg square, is the clock tower which was built in 1830. The tabakeve and Herezive bridges date from the beginning of the 20th century. The tomb of Kapllan Hysa, near the monument of the Unknown Soldier was built in 1816. The fortress of Petrela, 12 km from Tirana, dates from the 4th century B.C.
Tirana also features many governmental and social buildings of great importance for the state. Mother Teresa Airport is located 25 km northwest of the city, off the road to Durres. Tirana is a very lively city. In the morning you can jog in the lake park of Tirana, then you can organize your day with different cultural activites, and the night is as lively as the day with a lot of night clubs fully frequented by the youth.
Tirana is on the same parallel as Naples, Madrid and Istanbul and on the same meridian as Budapest and Krakow.