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"near elbasan,steel of the party" Albania Off The Beaten Path Tip by cbeaujean

Albania Off The Beaten Path: 33 reviews and 55 photos

  ugly modern structures
by cbeaujean

"steel of the party":metallurgical complex,built with chinese assistance in the 1960s and 1970s.
it was called "the second national liberation of albania" by enver hoxha,and was designed to refine ferro-chrome,nickel and other ores so that they could be sold abroad in a concentrated form,rather than exported in their natural state.
with its chimneys,the tallest in the balkans,always belching smoke and emitting a stream of dangerous polluants,the city became a byword for the problems of hoxha industrial development,and soon meant that much of the prosperous agricultural area in the river valley was useless for all crops...

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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