In 1972 my parents went on a holliday to Albania. In those days the country were an isolated totalitarian communist regime ruled by the dictator Enver Hoxha, who came to power after the second world war. While in Tirana my father took a random picture of the main boulevard. This summer when we were on brief visit to Tirana I tried to reproduce the same image to see how 44 years and a major change of political system had affected the boulevard.

The boulevard was planned by the Italian architect Gherardo Bosio and was built in 1939-41 during the italian occupation of the country. At the time of the construction the population of Tirana was just below 40000 inhabitants, a visiting French architect reportedly exclaimed: “I have seen cities without boulevards, but I never saw a boulevard without a city.”