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Tirana (/tɪˈrɑːnə/ (About this sound listen); Albanian pronunciation: [tiˈɾana]; also 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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Enver Hoxha Mausoleum is a former mausoleum in Tirana, Albania. This pyramid-shaped structure was designed by the daughter and son-in-law of the late communist leader Enver Hoxha. It was supposed to end up a museum about his legacy (in addition to his mausoleum), but became a conference center and party venue.

During the 1999 Kosovo War, the mausoleum was used as a base by NATO and other international humanitarian organizations. As of 2010 it was in disrepair and unused.

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Lulzim Xhelal Basha (About this sound listen ; born Tirana, 12 June 1974) is an Albanian politician.

In 2005, Basha was appointed Minister of Public Works, Transport and Telecommunications in the government of Sali Berisha where he served for two years. Then, during the period 2007-2009, Basha served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and later in the period 2009–2011 Basha served as Minister of Interior.

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