TAP Construction Halted after Archeological Finds

TAP Construction Halted after Archeological Finds

The construction of the Trans-Atlantic Pipeline (TAP) has been halted after the construction contractor discovered a “wealth of ceramics” neat the village of Turan in Korça. In a statement on its website, TAP declared: According to the preliminary assessment undertaken by TAP Cultural Heritage experts, this is an open-air settlement spanning from the early Iron Age (10th – […]

Court Suspends All Construction Work on Veliera Square

Court Suspends All Construction Work on Veliera Square

The Court of Durrës has today suspended all the work of the urban regeneration project on Veliera Square in Durrës. On February 16, the Administrative Court decided on a partial suspension of the work after archeological discoveries were made on the building site. In violation of this order, however, the Municipality of Durrës continued construction […]

Durrës Citizens Protest Against Destruction of Archeological Heritage

Durrës Citizens Protest Against Destruction of Archeological Heritage

Citizens from Durrës, civil society activists, and archeologists protested yesterday against the “Veliera” urban renewal plan, and the destruction of cultural heritage and the city’s identity. The construction works for the urban renewal plan on the Veliera Square in Durrës have been temporarily halted, after the foundations of several centuries-old construction were found during excavation […]

Veliera Project in Durrës Halted after Archeological Finds

Veliera Project in Durrës Halted after Archeological Finds

The construction work for the urban requalification project “Veliera” in Durrës have been temporarily halted, after the foundations of a centuries-old building were discovered, as well as an antique cannon and a cannon ball. A video published today by Nisma #Thurje shows that the Regional Directorate of National Culture (DRKK) has started excavations on the square […]

Urban Requalification in Durrës, 40% of 2017 Budget, Ancient Heritage under Threat

Urban Requalification in Durrës, 40% of 2017 Budget, Ancient Heritage under Threat

Since November 2016, the Municipality of Durrës has started to implement a landmark urban requalification project called the “Veliera Square,” adjacent to the Durrës beachfront promenade and the Venetian Tower. Centerpiece of the project is a giant 2,400 square meter “sail” made from concrete. Just like the reconstruction of Skënderbeg Square in Tirana, this project was […]