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 […]

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 […]