7 Pyramid of Tirana
In the final years of communist rule, Albania’s capital, Tirana, got a shiny new museum covered with marble tiles. Built in 1988, the pyramid-shaped building was to honor the life of Enver Hoxha, the country’s autocratic leader, who had passed away three years earlier. The museum was designed by Hoxha’s daughter and son-in-law, however it served its original purpose only until 1991, after which it became a convention center. Multiple owners have since acquired the building, and for a short while it was even a used as a base by NATO, as well as different humanitarian organizations.
Today, the pyramid is largely disused, with a part being used by an Albanian broadcast company. As a result, the building has been quite damaged, showing signs of wear. Opinions about the building are mixed; the government wants to demolish it, while some locals would like to have it preserved, and they have even gone so far to initiate a petition again demolishing the structure.