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Tirana (/tɪˈrɑːnə/ (About this soundlisten); Albanian pronunciation: [tiˈɾaːna]; Gheg Albanian: Tirona) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Albania.

Tirana is located in the center of Albania and is enclosed by mountains and hills, with Dajt on the east and a slight valley on the northwest overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the distance. Due to its location within the Plain of Tirana and the close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, the city is particularly influenced by a Mediterranean seasonal climate. It is among the wettest and sunniest cities in Europe, with 2,544 hours of sun per year.

Tirana flourished as a city in 1614 but the region that today corresponds to the city's territory has been continuously inhabited since the Iron Age. The city's territory was inhabited by several Illyrian tribes but had no importance within Illyria. Indeed, it was annexed by Rome and became an integral part of the Roman Empire following the Illyrian Wars. The heritage of that period is still evident and represented by the Mosaics of Tirana. Later, in the 5th and 6th centuries, a Paleochristian basilica was built around this site.

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Skanderbeg Square (Albanian language: Sheshi Skënderbej) is the main plaza of Tirana, in Albania. It was named in 1968 after the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg. A Skanderbeg Monument can be found in the plaza.

The mayor of Tirana Lulzim Basha hopes to modernize and europeanize the square. and the plan consists of transforming the square into an area for pedestrians. During the construction period, detour roads have been put in place to gradually establish the new and permanent road network around the square.

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Sali Kelmendi was born in Tirana on 31 May 1947. He is an engineer and a politician. One of the founders of the Democratic Party of Albania in 1990, Sali Kelmendi is the first democratically elected mayor of Tirana in the democratic elections of July 1992. During the years 1992-1996, over 90% of enterprises and 100% of homes were denationalized. Also a lot of work was done in the housing of the politically persecuted people. Thus, he contributed in the Tirana's transformation from a centrally planned economy to a market oriented system.

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