Tirana is lucky to have one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Skanderbeg Square is the winner of European Public Spaces for 2018 competing with hundreds projects from 32 European countries. We as Visit Tirana are glad to see that the centre of Tirana, which we promote every day, through our photo contests, and reportages from our city, got such a great appreciation.
On June 20th, in Barcelona were held the ceremony award of best European Public Spaces, where the renovated Skanderbeg square of Tirana capital, Albania won the first prize. The main square of Tirana has been renovated with multi-coloured paving made with stones from different parts of the country.
The Mayor of Tirana, Mr. Veliaj was present at the ceremony, where he welcomed the prize given by international jury. Among 32 cities and 280 projects, Tirana with Skanderbeg square made it to grab the prize.
The giant square serves for great concerts with thousands of spectators. The last one was the concert of Rita Ora, on 3 June. While, now people gather here to watch World Cup 2018. Even in late hours, the Square is full of people.
The elements of the square are: 28 000 square meters paved with tiles from all the places where Albanians live. This stoned pavement has a form of shallow pyramid with the highest point in the middle at about 1.80 m. You can walk easily to the top of it. The meaning of it is that everyone can stay in this place and feel that he is somehow important. In other words in the center of attention for this square is citizen. And all the stones from Albania and diaspora, symbolize the unification of all Albanians.
The square has more than 100 fountains with fresh water, to keep the place cool during the hot summer. The Scanderbeg Square, The National Opera, National Museum and National Bank surround the stone pavement, while behind these buildings, there are planted trees from all over Albanian territory. Mini- parks, benches, flowers, platforms for taking photos or altar for getting married, are part of the square. There are 32 square meters planted with different aromatic trees and 90 000 square meters walking area, while the underground parking can allow about up to 300.
Read here about the history of Skanderbeg square.