The square at the heart of town named after the national hero against the Ottomans, Skanderbeg. He sits on a horse in the middle of the square, his face set towards the north where he had his castle in Kruja.
As all capital city architecture, this one provides a digest of the country’s heroes – looking north is the long boulevard named for King Zog who ruled Albania from 1928 to 1939. Looking south is the even more impressive boulevard, designed to fit with Mussolini’s vision of a city and to accommodate parades, which ends in the square named for the world’s most famous Albanian, Mother Theresa. A vast statue which used to be in the square was that of Communist dictator Enver Hoxha, toppled in the student uprising of 1991 which ushered in democracy. His statue may be gone, but much of his legacy remains, and across one side of the square you can see the splendid façade of the National History Museum.
In the square’s south-west corner is the charming Et’hem Bey Mosque.