There are approximately 750,000 concrete bunkers in Albania, also known as “concrete mushrooms” for their look.
The bunkers were commissioned by the former dictator of Albania, Enver Hoxha. An ally of the Soviet Union and a strong believer in Western invasion, he built these bunkers to provide a hideaway for his countrymen in case of invasion.
Fortunately, there was no invasion and the bunkers weren’t needed. Until today, they remain useless. Or almost useless.
Some people use them as homes for animals and agricultural tools.
Local entrepreneurs transformed some of these bunkers into small shops.
Children use them to play.
Students suggest to transform them into cheap hostels throughout the country.
Teenagers use them to make out.
However, most of the bunkers still remain unused.