Selim Pasha Toptani’s Saray - monument of culture

Tourists in Tirana have always shown interest to visit monuments of communism and those from King Zog period. One of the cultural monuments in Tirana is the Sarajet e Toptanëve (Toptani Saray’s). Albanians as well as foreigners are always curious to look inside and to learn more. Sarajet are located on Abdi Toptani Street, in contrast to the nearby high buildings. Once the building has functioned as a bar-restaurant but now is closed and visitors are not allowed.

Selim Pasha Toptani’s Saray - monument of culture

The Toptani Sarays were built around 1833-1840 and are one of the few mansions of feudal lords preserved in the cities of Albania. They consist of 32 oriental styled rooms and facilities, adorned with different decorations. The Saray is an architectural complex with walls, yards, wells, roads, large gates, dwellings and auxiliary environments. Surrounded by massive stone walls, this complex forms a fortification, taking the look of a small castle. These constructions, characteristics of the feudal stratum, spread in the Tirana area during the second half of the 19th century.

Selim Pasha Toptani’s Saray - monument of culture

The two Storey building, constructed by the masters of Dibra region, is located on a flat, south-east oriented plot, with the main view directed to the sun. The building is interesting for its functional composition, architectural-decorative treatment, and its connection to a single ensemble with surrounding buildings. Selim Pasha Toptani's Sarays are known by the name of his son-in-law Servet Bej Libohova and are a Cultural Monument protected by state.

Selim Pasha Toptani’s Saray - monument of culture

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