Enver Hoxha’s former residence
In Tirana’s now trendy Blloku district one house stands empty and isolated, largely ignored by the bright young things who come here to eat and drink in the many bars and restaurants.
This is the one-time home of Albania’s dictator, Enver Hoxha. He lived here for many decades until he was assassinated in 1985. During his lifetime, the entire area around the home was known as the leadership block and was off limits to ordinary citizens. Hence the current name, Blloku: the Block.
Apparently the inside of the house remains as it was when he lived there. The internal doors are clad in soundproof cushioning, there is a pool in the basement and an escape door leading to an underground bunker.
The house is preserved but not open to the public. Opinions are divided as to whether it should be opened as a museum or pulled down. It seems the world over people are unsure what to do with the monuments of a now abhorrent past. Is it best to preserve them as reminders of acts we hope never to see repeated? Or destroy them lest we risk celebrating those acts in some way?