Durrës, Albanian's first port City.

The important port of Durrës is the second largest city in Albania with the second largest concentration of industry. The city was colonized by the Greeks in 627 B.C. It was named Epidamnos, which later became Dyrrachium. From the Venetian Tower at the harbor the Medieval Town Wall leads to the amphitheater (capacity 15,000 spectators) dating back to the 2nd century AD. and containing an early Christian Crypt with a rare wall mosaic. Between the 1st and 3rd centuries Durrës was an important port and trading center on the Via Egnatia trading route between Rome and Byzantium (Istanbul). After a great number of earthquakes, much of ancient Durrës sank into the sea or collapsed and was subsequently built over. Today the city is well known for the nearby beach resort of Durrës Plazh, its wonderful sand and warm sea water.

The port of Durres, pictured here, sits on the Adriatic Sea.
              The western Albanian city of Durrës is an important commercial and communications center for the country. The port of Durrës, pictured here, sits on the Adriatic Sea.
Also in this section:  
  • History Of Durrësi
  • Photo Album (Durrësi in Pictures)
  • Durrësi Beach


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