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Albania opens Hoxhas top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public
The ex-dictator's bed, covered with a red mattress, is still in place in his bunker bedroom, with a Soviet-era radio placed on his bedside table. Now, 24 years after the fall of the regime, its countryside is still dotted by the remains of some 700,000 bunkers. Officials have said the structures, referred to as "Mushrooms" by locals, were built to be indestructible and defend against an army of millions. According to informed sources, Hoxha, who died in 1985, had at least four secret refuges built for him and his family around Tirana. Built into the side of a mountain just east of the capital Tirana, the 2,685 square metre underground shelter opened Saturday sprawls over five levels and contains 106 rooms, including a cinema. "We have decided to open everything up," Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama after visiting the site. Until recently the giant bunker still featured on an Albanian army "Top secret" list, she added. The bunker will be placed under the care of the tourism and culture ministry, and will also host a museum and an exhibition space for artists.

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