Never Enver

Never Enver

During the fifty years of communist dictatorship in Albania  the Adriatic coasts were dotted with agave plantations in order to prevent a hypothetical attack by paratroopers while along all the territory started the constructions of bunkers made off concrete and steel. It is estimated there have been built about 750,000. Twenty years after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the communist dictatorship , Albania is still characterized by the massive presence of his bunkers. Nevertheless, the bunkers have suffered a different fate : most of these have been destroyed with the dual purpose of removing the dramatic and embarrassing past together with the extraction of the precious metal used to build them. Some were decorated to defuse the coexistence , others became landfill while others are simply forgotten . However a part of these bunkers have been reconverted by the population for different purposes. They became bars, restaurants, shops, stables, a tattoo studio and even a church in honor of the fallen during the dictatorship. These bunkers alternate with those who persist in everyday life of the population, creating a shadow of the past that is inexorably slowly dissolving
 

by contributor Lacchè&Mancini

During the fifty years of communist dictatorship in Albania  the Adriatic coasts were dotted with agave plantations in order to prevent a hypothetical attack by paratroopers while along all the territory started the constructions of bunkers made off concrete and steel. It is estimated there have been built about 750,000. Twenty years after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the communist dictatorship , Albania is still characterized by the massive presence of his bunkers. Nevertheless, the bunkers have suffered a different fate : most of these have been destroyed with the dual purpose of removing the dramatic and embarrassing past together with the extraction of the precious metal used to build them. Some were decorated to defuse the coexistence , others became landfill while others are simply forgotten . However a part of these bunkers have been reconverted by the population for different purposes. They became bars, restaurants, shops, stables, a tattoo studio and even a church in honor of the fallen during the dictatorship. These bunkers alternate with those who persist in everyday life of the population, creating a shadow of the past that is inexorably slowly dissolving
 

Section of one of the many bunkers destroyed by inhabitants to remove the steel and sell it on the black market A wellknown local artist uses a bunker as a tattoo studio. It is located near the border with Montenegro Church built on the bunker in memory of those killed during the dictatorship (Girokaster)
Bed & Bunker Project. A Joint project run by Albanian and German Universities aimed to reconverting a series of bunkers into a bed and breakfast
Bunker on the seaside used as a boat reting and beach facilities in Mali i Robit near Durres Used as a tool shed the bunker arises in the municipality of Shkodra A family brings a goat to the slaughter for a wedding passing near a painted bunker in Fier A bunker located inside a private field has been reconverted into a farm in Rrugozhine A renowned restaurant built from a big size bunker in Durres Many bunkers built to defend the coast submerged over time in Mali i Robit near Durres View from inside a bunker in the old military base of Tale 2 (Lezhe) A Sport center in the area of Durres uses a bunker as a locker room for athletes A mercedes stands in front of one of the many bunkers which protect Zvernek (Vlore)
Panoramic view from the mountains in the surroundings of Girokaster A section of a cut bunker on the seaside near Plazh i Genjeral (Fjer)