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Petit Futé's opinion on SAINT-PAUL CATHEDRAL

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Consecrated in 2002, this cathedral (Katedralja e Shën Palit) is the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Tirana-Durrës recreated in 2002 (the diocese of Tirana was dissolved in 1949). Located next to the recent green tower of the MET Building (49 m high), it is dedicated to the apostle Paul who is said to have founded the first Christian community in Durrës in the first century. This building does not shine by its architecture. The facade, dull with ochre tones, seems particularly discreet, at least compared to the Orthodox cathedral. The originality of the building is found at the back in its triangular structure that descends from the top of the facade to the ground level. This shape is a symbol of both the Trinity and the union between three of the great religions of the country (Islam, Catholicism, Orthodoxy ... leaving aside the Sufi brotherhoods). The luminous interior is for its part quite successful. As recent as this cathedral is, two popes have already celebrated a mass there: John Paul II on April 26, 1993 and Francis on September 21, 2014. Between these two visits, the proportion of Catholics in the country has increased. This movement is notably carried by the symbols represented by John Paul II and Mother Teresa. The Polish pope had supported the democratic process. As for the nun, "Albanian at heart" (even though she was born in Northern Macedonia to parents from Kosovo), she was the first Catholic personality to visit the country even before the official fall of the communist regime, as early as January 1991.

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Every day 7am-7pm (8:30am-12:30pm, 5pm-7pm in summer) - proper attire required.

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Visited in june 2019
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Pas la visite la plus intéressante de Tirana. Peu d'oeuvres y sont représentées mais elle reste sobre avec des courbes harmonieuses. C'est plus un endroit de culte que de visite.

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