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Tirana (Albanian: Tiranë or Tirana) is the capital and the largest city of Albania. Modern Tirana was founded as an Ottoman town in 1614 by Sulejman Bargjini, a local ruler from Mullet, although the area has been continuously inhabited since antiquity. Tirana became Albania's capital city in 1920 and now it has a population of more than 600,000. The city is home to many universities and is the center of the political, economical, and cultural life of the country.

The Municipality of Tirana lies on the river Ishëm, about 32 kilometers (20 mi) inland and is located at (41.33°N, 19.82°E) in Tirana District, Tirana County. Tirana's average altitude is 110 meters (360 ft) above sea level and its highest point measures 1,828 m (5,997.38 ft) at Mali me Gropa. The city is on the same parallel as Naples, Madrid and Istanbul and on the same meridian as Budapest and Krakow. In addition to Ishëm, the Tiranë river also runs through the city, whereas the Lanë river, that runs through much of the city, is a brook. The city also contains a total of four artificial lakes: the Tirana Artificial Lake around which was built the Big Park, the Kodër-Kamëz Lake, Farka Lake, and Tufina Lake.

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Skanderbeg Square (Albanian language: Sheshi Skënderbej) is a the main plaza of Tirana, in Albania. It was named in 1968 after the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg. A Skanderbeg Monument can be found in the plaza.

The mayor of Tirana Lulzim Basha hopes to modernize and europeanize the square. and the plan consists of transforming the square into an area for pedestrians. During the construction period, detour roads have been put in place to gradually establish the new and permanent road network around the square.

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Leka, Crown Prince of Albania (Leka I Zogu) (born 5 April 1939, the Royal Palace, Tirana) is the only son of late King Zog I and Queen Geraldine. He was called Crown Prince Skander at birth. Leka is claimant to the Albanian throne and is referred as King Leka I by Albanian monarchists and some members of the media.

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