Adults and children climbing up the side of the Pyramid building that housed the former Enver Hoxha Museum, Tirana, Albania, Eastern Europe

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Designed by Enver Hoxha's daughter and son-in-law and completed in 1988, this building was formerly the Enver Hoxha Museum and more recently a convention centre and nightclub. Once covered in graffiti and with crumbling walls, the structure has been completely renovated in recent years.

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1. National Gallery of Arts

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2. Former Residence of Enver Hoxha

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5. Palace of Congress

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