Albanian Royal Palace
Historic Building in Tirana
The Royal Palace is also known as the Palace of Brigades and the Presidential Palace. This is not to be confused with the other Presidential Palace, which is off the Mother Terasa Square, which is the ‘Office of the President’. The Royal Palace is currently the official residence of the president of Albania.
Originally commissioned by King Zog I for his official residence the palace was designed by three Italian architects, including Giulio Berte in 1936. However by the time construction had finished in 1941 King Zog had already fled the country and the Palace was mainly used for the Army Headquarters. Since 1946, the building has been used by the government to hold official ceremonies and for state receptions. During the communist regime the building was called the ‘Palace of Brigades’, after the communist partisan units who fought during the war.
The Royal Gardens are beautiful with tree lined gardens, fountains, a chapel, an odeon, several fountains, wonderful bronze statues and small greenhouses.
Other names of Albanian Royal Palace
The Albanian Royal Palace has the following names: Palace of Brigades, Presidential Palace, Pallati i Brigadave (Albanian).
Visiting Albanian Royal Palace
Only on weekends – 09:00 to 16:00