Albania opens huge Cold War bunker


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A long corridor in the bunker, built by late communist dictator Enver Hoxha, in Tirana, Albania - 22 November 2014 Work on the bunker, 100m (330ft) underground, was completed in 1978 but it was never used

A large secret bunker that Albania’s communist regime built in the 1970s to survive a nuclear bomb has been opened to the public for the first time.

Then dictator Enver Hoxha wanted the bunker near the capital Tirana to guard against Soviet Union or US attacks.

Prime Minister Edi Rama showed several Western ambassadors around the 106-room, five-storey complex on Saturday.

Hoxha’s regime built up to 700,000 bunkers before he died in 1985. The pro-Chinese regime was toppled in 1990.

“We have opened today a thesaurus of the collective memory that presents thousands of pieces of the sad events and life under communism,” Mr Rama said in a speech in the bunker’s 200-seat hall.

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2 Responses to Albania opens huge Cold War bunker

  1. c_in_b says:

    Thanks for the like. We saw many of the thousands of bunkers along the roads and bunkers as we took buses from Shkoder to Tirana to Struga. So many dynamics in play now in Albania.

    • Bob says:

      Bunkers are everywhere. A good country with good people if it can hang on to its youth and get away from corruption and the black market. There is hope still.

      “Merry Christmas”

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