The Martyrs’ Cemetery (in Albanian ‘Varreza e Deshmoreve’) is just outside town, about a 15 minute drive along Rr Elbasan. It is dominated by the enormous and rather marvellous statue of ‘Mother Albania’ which can be seen from the city. Visit at sunset for particularly dramatic photographs of this landmark.
She watches over the graves of 900 people killed during the Second World War. This was also the site where Enver Hoxha’s body was interred but it was exhumed in 1992 and reburied in the common cemetery on the other side of town.