Saturday, June 27, 2009
Bonkers for bunkers
A shepherd overlooking a flock of sheep and bunkers is an entirely common Albanian sight. These indestructible cement domes are a communist legacy left over from Albania's reaction to the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Abandoning the Warsaw pact, Albania developed their own defensive strategy and today an enduring reminder of this lay scattered in fields, city squares, and remote mountain sides all across Albania. Built to withstand full on tank attacks, they say 700,000 of these were installed, but a more conservative estimate is more like 60,000 – which still makes quite an impression on Albania's landscape.