Photographer's Note

Tirana is not one of the most appealing towns of Albania. It is rather small scaled for a capital though and there are some fine parks. The city center still has some relics from the communist time like this enormous wallmosaicabove the National Museum of Albanian History (Thanks Bardhok).
This strange mosaic shows Albania primarily as a military nation in all the facets of its history from the Illyrians on the left (700 BC)till the communist patriots in the middle, of whom the woman with the gun plays an interesting part. The scientist with the beard and the rol of paper seems an exception on this military violence, and also the working man in front.
A very peculiar rol is for the man in eastern dress with the horn - maybe standing for the ottoman period.

I've had some great comment and addition of information by Led (Land of Eagle) wich I add hereby:

1. Illyrians 700 BC (Albanians are close descendents of Illyrians)
2. Albanians warriors (Arberesh) during Otoman invasion times.
3. The man with the book and the other man near him is from Albanian renaissance (the first man is one of the fathers of Albanian letterature, and second is an "komit" warrior who protect the Albanian culture books during otomanin invasion.
4.Working man with woman and flag-man rappresents Indipendece of Albania (1912)
5. The last 4 persons are Partizans who gave Albania the great victory from Second World War from invasions of Italian-Fascists and German-Nazists (07/04/1939 - 29/11/1944).

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