Today I will take a walk around and discover notable places of Tirana. Resembling a real tourist I will take pictures of this part of the neighborhood that starts with Pazari i Ri.
Pazari i Ri is one of the oldest part of the city and is situated on the left of Avni Rustemi circle. The people whom these places are named after are of those that in the past history fought to keep the Albanian language safe. And as part of the constant battle for liberation of the Albanian soul their voices were never silent or compliant to the political figures that came from neighboring countries.
Pazari i Ri
is a farmers' market, in the confines of the market there is the mosque of
Kokonozi build with one minaret. Here is a view of it from after the monolith
build to commemorate Muhamet Gjollesha and Shyqyri Ishmi. They were both hanged
at this market square in 1942 and 1944.
Here is a view of Kokonozi Mosque from the front entrance where kids are playing ball.I will let you discover the insides of the mosque once you make it here.
As you leave the market from the north exit you take up the street (Rruga e Saraceve, street of Saraceve from the last name of a well known family in the city). This street will lead you to a neighborhood called Selvia. Selvia is the name of the tall cypress tree that stand just in front of this new graffiti.
The street on the left is Rruga Tafaj, a street named after another family with a long standing tradition and fame in the city. This street changes into Street Kater Deshmoret and here it is another upright structure erected for the four martyrs killed by the Nazis. History takes you again in 1944.
If you feel hungry from your walk, cross the street from this stone structure and find a local eatery with cheap traditional food and nice tap beer. The place has no name.
I want you to take another short journey in this neighborhood before you head back to your hostel or place of stay in the city. Walk back down on Kater Deshmoret and turn on Street Ali Pashe Gucia. On this street you will notice this library.
And this church, Kisha Franceskane e Tiranes.
Other interesting things to note are the door knocks.
Home of Family Kepi on rruga Dervish Hekali.