True green lung of the city, this park of 230 ha extends in the south of Blloku between the road of Elbasan and the artificial lake of Tirana created in 1955. Invaded at the beginning of the 1990s by kiosks and cafés built illegally, it has since been renovated. Today it is a haven of peace where the inhabitants of the capital come to relax. Only a handful of rather pleasant bars remain on the shores of the lake.
On the heights, in the heart of the park, a monument to anti-fascism has been erected, the monument to the Frashëri brothers (Naïm, Abdyl and Sami) designed by the sculptor Odishe Paskali, a British cemetery housing the 45 members of His Majesty's secret service who helped the Albanian resistance during the Second World War and, since 2012, a monument to the German soldiers (about 2,000) who died in Albania during the same conflict. Barely 100 metres separate the graves of Commonwealth soldiers from the German memorial. To say the least, this proximity is astonishing. This last place of remembrance (rather discreet by the way) seems to have been set up here mainly to improve relations with Germany, the Albanian state hoping for some financial spin-offs in passing.
To the south of the park is a botanical garden and the municipal zoo (Haxhi Brari Street). The latter is home to two bears, two lions, six llamas, an eagle, four monkeys, as well as foxes, wolves and swans. Due to lack of adequate funding, this small zoo is in a rather sad state.
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