The picture was taken on the day of the Albanian Summer Festival.
The pyramid: International Center of Culture (Albanian: Piramida) was a museum in Tirana that opened on October 14, 1988. Formerly known as "Enver Hoxha Museum." This pyramid-shaped structure was designed by the daughter and son-in-law of the late communist leader Enver Hoxha. It served as a museum about his legacy, but after 1991 became a conference center and exhibition venue. Some sources have referred to it as the "Enver Hoxha Mausoleum" although this was not an official appellation.
The group of architects who worked on the Pyramid were Pirro Vaso, Klement Kolaneci, Pranvera Hoxha, and Vladimir Bregu.
During the 1999 Kosovo War, the museum was used as a base by NATO and humanitarian organizations.
Former government plans to destroy the pyramid and instead build a new parliament building in it's place where met with opposition and protests.
Since 2001, part of the Pyramid is used as broadcasting center by Albanian TV channel Top Channel.
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worldcitizen (6405) 2014-03-21 8:52
This scene is so interesting and different. It has a surreal feeling to it. Seeing people climbing the sides of this structure, and standing on top is a strange sight. The colors are great - so bright and vivid. The boy riding his red bicycle in the foreground is a wonderful addition to the scene. It's amazing that this building is still in partial use, and there are small piles of rubble on the steps. Thanks for the unique view!
tenretin (2197) 2014-03-21 11:13
I was intrigued by the photo thumbnail. This is a photo documentary interesting and well done. The commentary is informative.
SnapRJW (28774) 2014-03-22 0:27
What an interesting and well produced shot Ardi.
The building is distinctive and fascinating and has become, I see, a playground and canvas for graffiti artists. There is a great deal of rubble littering the steps of the pyramid and this also adds layers of social history we see here.
This is deserving of far more comment than it has thus far received. I love it and can spend an age looking at all the fine detail. Well managed work.
dekanski (2150) 2014-03-22 13:42
Why ghosts? It is part of the history of Albania (whatever it was)!
Pity if the building is torn down! Curious, full of history, not even ugly. Very good shot Ardi.