Tirana in the first year as Albanian Capital

A foreign journalist from Switzerland who visited Tirana in the autumn of 1921 was so impressed by this city. It was the time when Tirana was just been declared the new Capital of Albania. His article was published in the “Journal de Genève” newsletter of 14 November 1921.

Tirana in the first year as Albanian Capital

Here is what he wrote: This political capital sheltered of the whole administration, even though there have not been enough buildings for them. With great management, they used the little resources of this city. A small house such as The Puppet Theater now, became not only the new Parliament but also the office of some ministers of the new government. Other ministries were scattered in other simple houses. Offices were so modest and with pure simplicity. In the office of a Minister you could see a working table, a chair and a sofa” he wrote.

Tirana in the first year as Albanian Capital

Than he gave his impressions about the city itself. “Dressed the same, people some of them Muslims or Christians, talked together about the future of the country. What a quiet city! What a proud you see in their eyes in streets or in shops. You don’t see anyone drunk, no one yells, all are serious and self-contained. You can see everywhere a noble behavior that impresses every visitor in this country.

Tirana in the first year as Albanian Capital

Tirana in the first year as Albanian Capital

Tirana in the first year as Albanian Capital

Tirana in the first year as Albanian Capital

Tirana in the first year as Albanian Capital

Tirana in the first year as Albanian Capital

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