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The County of Tirana is one of the 12 counties of Albania. It consists of the districts Kavajë and Tirana and its capital is Tirana. It has 800,347 inhabitants and with that it has the largest number of people of the Counties of Albania.

Tirana contains many notable landmarks which are of major importance to the regional cultural heritage. These include Tirana Castle and national monuments such as the Skanderbeg Monument, Enver Hoxha Mausoleum, the Suleyman Pasha Tomb, the Tomb of Kapllan Pasha, Unknown Soldier and Mother Albania (statue). Outside of Tirana is Petrelë Castle.

The construction of Et'hem Bey Mosque commenced in 1789 by Molla Bey and it was finished in 1823 by his son Edhem Pasha (Haxhi Ethem Bey), great-grandson of Sulejman Pasha. During the totalitarianism of the Socialist People's Republic of Albania, the mosque was closed. However, on January 18, 1991, despite opposition from communist authorities, 10,000 people entered carrying flags during the fall of communism in Albania. The frescoes of the mosque depict trees, waterfalls and bridges; still life paintings are a rarity in Islamic art. Tirana contains several important Christian places of worship such as the St Paul's Cathedral, Zemra e Krishtit Catholic Church, Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral of Tirana and Saint Procopius Church of Tirana. The church of Shën Premte, located in the village of Çetë in Kavajë District has also been a recognized Cultural Monument since 1963. A notable mosque is located in Kavajë.
Most of the major museums in Tirana County are located in the city of Tirana. These include museums of national importance such as the National Historical Museum, National Gallery of Figurative Arts of Albania, Natural Sciences Museum of Albania, National Archaeological Museum, Ethnographic Museum and the National Archives of Albania. The National Archives were created in 1949 by Government decree and contains documents of national and international importance. The main library in Tirana County is the National Library of Albania in Tirana, founded in 1920. and inaugurated on December 10, 1922.
Tirana Park on the Artificial Lake was built in the 1950s and was formerly called Park of Saint Procopius from the Saint Procopius Church of Tirana, that is located there. The park includes the Presidential Palace of Tirana, whose building was started by Zog of Albania. The park also includes Botanical Gardens of Tirana and Tirana Zoo and also a complex of swimming pools.
Mount Dajti National Park is situated 26 km east of the capital and 50 km east of the Mother Teresa Airport. The park has a surface area of 3,300 hectares. This park is highly frequented by day and is considered the 'Natural Balcony of Tirana'. The Dajti Mountain together with the south Priska Mountain (1353m) consists of the national park which has an exact area of 29,216.9 hectares. The area of 3,300 acres (13 km2) protected since 1966 has been enlarged in 2006. The core zone is now 9,000 acres (36 km2). In addition to the forests and the beautiful mountain landscape with many wild flowers protection is provided to numerous mammals. In the park, there are wild boar, Eurasian wolf, red fox, European hare, brown bears and wildcats. In the lower part of the mountains, the vegetation is scrub determined with much heath, myrtle and fragaria. Around the 1,000 metres altitude zone, oak dominates. It follows with beech forests with some conifers. On the top there is almost no vegetation.
The mountain can be reached through a narrow asphalted mountain road onto an area known as Fusha e Dajtit. This was the location of a summer camp but now is the site of many restaurants. From this small area there is an excellent view of Tirana and its plain, that is the reason for calling the place as the Balcony of Tirana. From June 2005, hikers and visitors of the mountain can use a gondola lift from the eastern outskirts of Tirana to Fusha e Dajtit (the field of Dajti) at 1050 meters altitude. On the summit of Dajti there are several transmitters of radio and television. On Dajti, traces of prehistoric settlements have been found. Also, fortifications from later periods have been discovered.
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