Spaç Prison

The Spaç Prison (Albanian: Burgu i Spaçit) was a political prison in Communist Albania at the village of Spaç. The former prison is listed as a second-category national monument. There were plans to turn the rapidly deteriorating site into a museum,[1] but as of February 2013, no progress had been made at the location. In 1973, a number of prisoners staged a rebellion where the non-communist flag was raised. In 1984, a similar rebellion took place at the prison of Qafë Bar.[2]

Spaç Prison
Spaç Prison, Mirditë, Albania – General View 2018 02.jpg
The main buildings of the Spaç Prison in 2018
LocationReps, Lezhë County,
Albania
Coordinates41°54′4″N 20°2′51″E / 41.90111°N 20.04750°E / 41.90111; 20.04750Coordinates: 41°54′4″N 20°2′51″E / 41.90111°N 20.04750°E / 41.90111; 20.04750
StatusClosed (Planned to be a Museum)
Security classMaximum
Opened1968
Closed1991
Managed byCommunist Albania

In 2015, the prison was listed by the New York-based organisation World Monument Fund as one of the 50 most endangered monuments worldwide.[3]

In 2019, Tirana-based organization Cultural Heritage without Border - Albania, with the help of a team of students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute created a publicly accessible digital reconstruction of the Spaç Prison.[4]

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  1. ^ "Spaç prison" (in Albanian). Archived from the original on February 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "metitrashqip.com". www1.metitrashqip.com.
  3. ^ "2016 World Monuments Watch". Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Spaç Prison Digital Reconstruction". Cultural Heritage without Border. Retrieved 4 March 2021.

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