The remnants of the Cold War

• The remains of the Cold War,

At the height of the Cold War for 20 years 500,000 concrete bunkers were built in Albania. Some of them have survived in a derelict state, others have been converted into cafes, restaurants, villas, swimming pools, sheds and even bridges.

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At the height of the Cold War, when the world is looming nuclear threat, the Albanian leader Enver Hoxha came to the conclusion that the enemies want to destroy the bulwark of socialism in Albania. So in 1968 there was a large-scale project "bunkerizatsii" country. (Photo by ROBERT HACKMAN):

The remnants of the Cold War

In the period from 1975 to 1989, about 500 thousand bunkers were built in Albania. However, there are very different and they are the exact numbers. (Photo Marmittes):

The remnants of the Cold War

"Most Albanians believe bunkers ugly legacy of the Stalinist era, but got used to them. As Londoners accustomed to the red telephone booths or New Yorkers - a yellow taxi.

These structures have become part of everyday life, and they are few people pay attention. "

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However, these bunkers were never used for its intended purpose. (Photo Hektor Pustina):

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Silos almost completely merged with nature in Durres, Albania. (Photo by Shevchenko Andrey):

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First Pillbox - pillboxes - planned to be built in strategic locations. Then Hodge suffered. "Every citizen - soldiers, and the people - an army" - this phrase became his law. (Photo by Stefan Wilmer):

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According to the doctrine of people's war, Albania did not need a professional army, officers, ranks, military training. (Photo Arben Celi):

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That bunker converted into a hostel on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. (Photo Arben Celi):

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The painting inside the hopper. (Photo by ROBERT HACKMAN):

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Someone bunker privatized. (Photo by ROBERT HACKMAN):

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And yet abandoned bunkers look more colorful. (Photo by Jeremie Lusseau):

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Another. (Photo by Oliver Joest):

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Bunker high in the mountains. (Photo Baciu):

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Hoppers huge number like mushrooms after rain. (Photo Martchan):

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Fisherman on the bunker. (Photo Arben Celi):

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The bunker in the woods. (Photo by Viktor Loki):

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Someone designed the interior. (Photo Eval Miko):

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