Durrës Destruction Continues with Dako’s New Plan

Durrës Destruction Continues with Dako’s New Plan

The municipality of Durrës will soon begin a series of public construction works that will threaten the ancient ruins of the city, including two underground tunnels, a service building, and two other public buildings in park Mausoleum Park. The news outlet Aktiv për Durrësin was the first to publicize this project through a Facebook post, […]

Last Visible Archeological Remains Hacked Away in Durrës

Last Visible Archeological Remains Hacked Away in Durrës

Later afternoon on July 31, the antique wall connected to the Venetian Tower on Veliera Square was destroyed with a pickaxe by the construction company contracted to implement the urban renewal project for the Municipality of Durrës. While the destruction was taking place, media outlet Amfora called with the director of the Regional Directorate of […]

Veliera Square Archeology Disappears under Concrete

Veliera Square Archeology Disappears under Concrete

According to the blog Amfora, the construction company working at Veliera Square in Durrës has covered the archeological finds from the Roman period with concrete. The archeological layers that have been made inaccessible contained, according to the National Council of Archeology (KKA), a “Roman pillar,” from the 2nd century CE. The finds were made a few months ago […]

How the Two Main Squares in Durrës Will Change

How the Two Main Squares in Durrës Will Change

The Municipality of Durrës is expected to begin its works in one of the main squares of the city, the one of Martyrs’ Cemetery. The project for the revitalization of this square foresees that on both sides of the Martyr’s Cemetery two important buildings for the city will be built, the Palace of Justice and the Prosecutor’s Office. […]

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 […]

Dako Ignores Court, Continues Veliera Construction Work

Dako Ignores Court, Continues Veliera Construction Work

In violation of the verdict of the Administrative Court, the Municipality of Durrës has continued construction work on the Veliera Square, pouring concrete on top of the zone where several archeological finds had been made. The surroundings of the Venetian Tower have now been complete covered in concrete, irreversibly destroying the cultural heritage of Durrës. […]

Administrative Court Suspends Veliera Construction Work

Administrative Court Suspends Veliera Construction Work

The Administrative Court of Durrës decided yesterday to suspend the construction work for the Veliera project. The court’s decision came after a lawsuit filed by cultural heritage activists that opposed the construction of the Veliera Square, which has been partially, and illegally planned in the protected archeological zone of the city. The court’s verdict is […]

The Sail That Buries Its Heritage

The Sail That Buries Its Heritage

Hospitality and enthusiasm in the peaceful shores When the Prussian Cavalry officer Wilhelm von Wied and his convoy entered the bay of Durrës, traveling in a yacht offered by the Austrian Admiralty, at midday of March 7, they were amazed by what they saw: in front of them on the mainland, underneath the hill, small houses with […]