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Rinia Park, Tirana
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Rinia Park is the central public park of Tirana, Albania. Built in 1950 during the communist era, it covers an area of.GeographyThe park, from the central square, is bordered by Dëshmorët e Kombit Boulevard to the east, Bulevardi Gjergi Fishta and Bajram Curri Boulevard to the south, Rruga Ibrahim Rugova (former "Deshmoret e 4 Shkurtit") to the west and Rruga Myslym Shyri to the north. Immediately to the north is the Teatri i Kukullave and the Orthodox Cathedral. The Taivani Center and water fountain are located on the western perimeter of the park.HistoryRinia Park was built in 1950 as part of a major urban development program which developed after World War II. It was initially a pleasant family park where inhabitants of Tirana could take their children. It was a relatively free space for youth of Tirana, while standing right in front of the communist "Block" across the Lana River, thus it started to be called ironically "Taiwan". Later a complex of cafés and restaurants was erected.In 1991, after the end of communism, illegal buildings sprang up all around the park; most of these buildings were kiosks, bars and restaurants, and the park became notorious as a hang-out for the kingpins of Tirana's underworld. During the city's cleanup in 2000, these buildings were razed and the park was replanted. All in all, some 130 buildings were demolished and over of waste removed.TaivaniRinia Park's main landmark is a white, terraced building on its western edge, which houses cafés, restaurants, fountains, and a bowling lane in the basement, and which, because of its peculiar archtecture, has been likened to a typical James Bond film villain’s den or described as spider-shaped. After an old nickname for the park, one of the restaurants (Taivani Bar & Grill) as well as the entire center (Taivani Center) is known as the Taivani.
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  • The park is close to a number of tourist attractions in Tirana. It's relaxing during the summer when you can sit and have coffee. On the other hand, be prepared to see many homeless people, begging ki...  more »
  • Park located centrally along the busy main street which leads to Mother Theresa Square. Extremely pleasant. The Independence Monument's located in this park. There's a restaurant in a corner. This par...  more »
  • What a surprise to see such a lovely park in theheart of the capital. There is a lake with a fountian which is iluminated at night in a very nice (perhaps Kitsch) way. You can sit directly at this lak...  more »