Mother Albania (statue)

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Mother Albania
Nëna Shqipëri
Mother Albania Tirana 2.JPG
LocationRruga e Elbasanit
Tirana, Albania
Coordinates41°18′31″N 19°50′24″E / 41.30857°N 19.84013°E / 41.30857; 19.84013Coordinates: 41°18′31″N 19°50′24″E / 41.30857°N 19.84013°E / 41.30857; 19.84013
Height3 metres (9.8 feet) pedestal, 12 metres (39.3 feet)
RestoredKristaq Rama, Muntaz Dhrami and Shaban Hadëri
TypeCultural

Mother Albania (Albanian: Nëna Shqipëri) is a 12 m statue located at the National Martyrs Cemetery of Albania (Albanian: Dëshmorët e Kombit) in Albania, dedicated in 1971.

The statue represents the country as a mother guarding over the eternal slumber of those who gave their lives for her. There are up to 28,000 graves of Albanian partisans in the cemetery, all of whom perished during World War II. The massive statue holds a wreath of laurels and a star. The cemetery was also the resting place of former leader Enver Hoxha, who was subsequently disinterred and given a more humble grave in another public cemetery.

The statue is made of concrete and it is a work of the sculptors Kristaq Rama, Muntaz Dhrami and Shaban Hadërri. It stands atop a 3 metre pedestal; engraved on the pedestal are the words "Lavdi e përjetshme dëshmorëve të atdheut" ("Eternal glory to the martyrs of the fatherIand").

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