A vast 'cold war' bunker in Gjirokastër
The construction of the bunker under the Castle of Gjirokastër, which was designed to shelter up to two hundred people, began in 1970 and was completed in 1985. It was never used. Gradually, it filled up with water. In 2010, the tunnels were dried out, cleaned, and then opened for public viewing. Although some considerable restoration work was undertaken to make the tunnels safe, many original features were left just as they were found after re-opening the complex. Much of what remains from before its re-opening was rotting mildewed, or rusting, furniture.
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