As the centerpiece of Vlore’s Square of the Flag, the Independence Monument marks Albania’s declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912. It was designed by Mumtaz Dhrami, a prolific 20th-century sculptor who completed a host of works around Albania in communist times. His Independence Monument is from 1972 and exemplifies the socialist-realist style, so today it memorializes both Albania’s independence and the country’s difficult post-war years. The square is fringed by palm and pine trees, and there are benches where you can sit and watch the city go by.
The mosque is located in downtown Vlora on a central square, surrounded on all four sides with roads. It is located on west of Sadik Zotaj, south of Lef Sallata and east of Papa Kristo Negovani streets.
The structure consists of the main building and the minaret. The former is about 10 to 11 square meters while the minaret has a length of 18 meters. In the past, it also had a portico which has been destroyed later. The mosque has a dome with a supporting polygon raised base, arched windows and classical triangular forms topping the side walls. The brick work of the Muradie mosque has layers with two different brick colors. There is also a contrast between the texture, quality, color, as well as size and sequence of the bricks used to build the Islamic prayer hall compared with the larger white chiseled stones used to build the minaret.
Museum of Historic Relics
The History Museum, also known as the Museum of Historic Relics – Muzeu i Relikeve Historike (Muzeu Historik) – was found in 1962 in a distinguish building in the center of Vlora. Visitors are invited to discover archeological pieces reflecting different historical periods from the Bronze Age to the present day. The ancient objects displayed in the museum were found over the time in Vlora, Orikum, Amantia Ploce, Olympia and Kionina.