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Tirana (/tɪˈrɑːnə/ (About this sound listen)Albanian pronunciation: [tiˈɾana]; Albanian: Tiranë; Gheg Albanian: Tirona) is the capital and most populous city of Albania. The city is also the capital of the surrounding county of Tirana, one of 12 constituent counties of the country. By air, it is 501 kilometres (311 miles) north of Athens, 613 kilometres (381 miles) southeast of Rome, 153 kilometres (95 miles) southwest of Skopje and 131 kilometres (81 miles) south of Podgorica.

Tirana was founded as a city in 1614, but the region that today corresponds to the city territory has been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age. As most of Albania, the area was populated by several Illyrian tribes, but had no importance within Illyria. Indeed, it was annexed by Rome and became an integral part of the Roman Empire following the Illyrian Wars. The heritage of that period is still evident and represented by the Mosaics of Tirana. Further later in the 5th and 6th century, a Paleo Christian basilica was built around this site.

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Tirana International Hotel

Tirana International Hotel is an international hotel located on the central Skanderbeg Square on the Zogu I Boulevard in central Tirana, Albania. Originally the Soviet Hotel Tirana, it is one of Albania's most prestigious hotels and is a noted conference centre, with two floors devoted to executive suites. In 2001 it was renovated by an Italian firm to a 4 star hotel. the hotel has 166 rooms and is 12 storeys high.

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Bamir Myrteza Topi (born 24 April 1957) is the fifth and current President of Albania since 24 July 2007.

On 8 March 2007, Topi said that he would be the candidate of the ruling Democratic Party in the 2007 presidential election. Both the Christian Democratic and Republican parties said that they would probably support him. Parliament took 4 tries, and the opposition finally gave up and elected Topi, a choice of Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

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