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.
The two-story building, constructed by the masters of the Dibra region, is located on a flat, southeast-oriented plot with the main view of the sun. The building is interesting for its functional composition, architectural-decorative treatment, and 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 the state.
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