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 […]

Civil Society and Government Square Off over Veliera

Civil Society and Government Square Off over Veliera

According to the Durrës Lajm, the trial about the Veliera project has started in the Administrative Court. Representatives of the Durrës Municipality, the Ministry of Tourism, the Regional Environmental Directorate, construction companys Everest shpk, Fusha shpk, and representatives of the civil society were present at the session. The trial was held without the presence of the […]

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 […]

Veliera, the Destruction of Cultural and Historical Heritage

Veliera, the Destruction of Cultural and Historical Heritage

With great concern, I am following what is happening in the ancient city of Durrës and the work for the construction of the new square under the name “Veliera,” a medieval ship’s sail made of concrete placed right at the entrance of the marine port. The construction work risks destroying the centuries-old archeological heritage in the […]

What Are They Trying to Cover Up in Durrës?

What Are They Trying to Cover Up in Durrës?

Although the surprise discoveries close to the Venetian Tower in Durrës on the square before the port entrance brought the construction work to a halt, the the government has still not addressed its citizens’ concerns. The authorities have not given any explanation about the functions or dates of the discoveries. And from the looks of it, they […]