The Fabulous Colourful Houses of Tirana, Albania

Tirana, capital of Albania, is easily one of the most colourful cities I’ve ever been to. 

Mayor Edi Rama, a painter himself, launched a campaign to repaint Tirana’s old buildings and give the city a new look.

Pin this post!

Travel Photography The Fabulous Architecture of Tirana, Albania

The makeover was a big success.

Facades across the city were painted in bright colours and walking around the city is a real treat.

I spent hours each day exploring and taking photos of the colourful buildings.

Tirana, Albania
Collage of colourful buildings in Tirana – CLICK the picture to get your print!
Tirana, Albania by TalBright
Urban Geometry - Tirana, Albania by TalBright

You can click any of the above photos to order a print 🙂

More photos from Albania

More than just painting

In his TED talk Take back your city with paint, Edi Rama explains that the painting campaign was not just artistic, but also political:

“The rehabilitation of public spaces revived the feeling of belonging to a city that people lost.” 

He talks about other changes that occurred following the repainting and revival of the old facades: people started to drop less litter in the street and to pay their taxes. People started to feel that the streets were safe.

Watch the entire TED talk: Take back your city with paint

More about Tirana

Things to do in Tirana 

Places to stay in Tirana (top reviewed only)

Guided tours in Tirana

Share this post on Pinterest:

Travel Photography The Fabulous Architecture of Tirana, Albania
Tirana Albania colourful houoses


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.