During Enver Hoxha’s Rule Of Albania Between 1944 And 1985, Over 750,000 Bunkers Were Built

The strange concrete shapes litter the landscape. They sprout up like mushrooms, their curved domes a grey reminder of a regime that ended within living memory. These are the bunkers of Albania, and they stand as monuments to an isolationist past rooted in paranoia and suspicion.

While many of these fortifications now stand empty, they can still shed new light on a dark period in Albania’s history. And the method of their construction make it unlikely that even the ones that have been abandoned will collapse any time soon. After all, they were built to withstand artillery fire.

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