Memorje 78 - Sarandë, Albania
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
N 39° 52.458 E 020° 00.498
34S E 415193 N 4414276
Quick Description: A Cold War era pillbox bunker opposite the main post office of Sarandë.
Location: Albania
Date Posted: 2/29/2020 5:56:10 AM
Waymark Code: WM1250Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
Views: 4

Long Description:
This small bunker stands just opposite the main post office in the center of Sarandë.

It is one of the many bunkers that were built in Albania during the isolation of the country mainly between 1972 and 1984. No one knows their exact number, the estimates are between 173,000 and 745,000 units.

Ruler Enver Hoxha's program of "bunkerization" was an extreme burden to the weak economy of the small country. Construction of the bunkers used an estimated 2 % of the whole country's economy for almost two decades.

Today most people would like to get rid of them, as soon as they can afford the cost of that. On the other hand, they have become a symbol for the national history and tourist attractions, miniature bunkers belong to the best-selling souvenirs.

This bunker was converted and declared a monument in 2017. The small interior contains a poster with construction plans and pictures of the different prefabricated bunker models. 78 is some registration number for this bunker, or bunkers in the Sarandë region in general, I did not really understand that part.
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Adress of the monument:
Rruga Flamurit
Sarandë, Albania

When was this monument palced?: placed in the 1970s or 1980s, declared a monument in 2017

Who placed this monument?: city administration of Sarandë

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