The Gerber Bridge (Ura e Tabakeve)

They now stand on the Gerber Bridge, built in the 18th century by the Ottomans. The modest, small bridge was located on the road of St. George (Shën Gjergj), which connected Tirana with the mountains in the east. Over 2.5 metres wide and 8 metres long, this stone bridge carried the weight of oxen, camels and their loads. At that time it was very important as a pedestrian bridge, because here locals, traders and travellers could cross the river Lana to buy and sell agricultural products and animals at the market.

As part of an urban development project in the 1930s, the Lana riverbed was diverted and the bridge lost its former importance. After restoration in the late 1990s, it is now open to pedestrians again.

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