Tirana - the capital of Albania, is known for its colorful Ottoman, Fascist and Soviet-era architecture. Pastel buildings surround the city's focal point, Skanderbeg Square, which is named for its equestrian statue of a national hero. It became Albania’s capital city in 1920. The population of the city proper at the 2015 census was 610,070 and the municipality of Tirana, created in 2015, has a total population of 800,986 (2015 census). The city is host to many public institutions and public and private universities, and is the centre of the political, economic, and cultural life of the country.