Tirana Mosaic

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Tirana Mosaic
Native name
Albanian: Mozaiku i Tiranës
Tirana, Albania 2017-04 Tirana Mosaic 03.jpg
Location Tirana Flag of Albania.svg
Builtc. 300 AD
Designated10 June 1973 [1]

The Tirana Mosaic (Albanian : Mozaiku i Tiranës) is a landmark in Tirana, Albania.


It is believed to have been part of a 3rd-century Roman house, referred to by local archeologists as the 'Villa rustica'. Later, in the 5th and 6th centuries, a Paleo-Christian Basilica was built around this site. It was declared a cultural monument of the first category in June 1973.

The ruins of this Paleo-Christian Basilica were discovered in 1972. In 2002, some other objects were found around the ruins of the house, and today they form the archaeological complex in Tirana. It is the only archaeological monument within the city. [2] Some of the ancient mosaics discovered at the site that feature diverse geometrical patterns and depict poultry and fish. It was re-opened to the public on 23 January 2010.


Many Tirana Mosaics originated from the city, but have travelled over to places like England and South America. As Albania shares a border with Greece, the Mosaic have also originated from there.

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  1. "Mosaic of Tirana". Archived from the original on 2016-10-02. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  2. "#Mozaiku #Mosaic #Mosaico #Tirana". 29 November 2013.

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