Photographer's Note

Looking through the more than 1000 pictures on TE from Albania, I found maybe two or three showing the ever present bunkers from the days of the Communist regime. I find that rather strange, since these bunkers are one of the weirdest and most common features of the Albanian countryside.

Hundreds of thousands of concrete bunkers were mass produced from the 1950's and onwards. Basically the idea was that every citizen should be able to quickly get into a bunker with a gun, ready to protect the country against any invader. Since they are almost indestructible, they still litter beaches, hillsides, fields and other "strategic" places. A strange legacy of a paranoid regime that didn't trust anyone and saw enemies everywhere.

I saw this bunker on the beach of the holiday town Pogradec by Lake Ohrid in eastern Albania, close to the border with Macedonia. The holiday season had not quite taken off. I guess the pier in the background is filled with tourists these days.

In a workshop is a picture of less wet bunkers.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12527 W: 572 N: 24020] (102604)
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