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Durres Castle, Durres

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  • It's just ruins, nothing spectacular. It would be Okay for someone whos never seen something like this, but it will be a disappointment for people who have been at/on full fortresses and castles...  more »
  • A lot of things to see in this castle, one of the most amused in Albania. Unique architecture, is suitable to visit for all the ages. You can find a restaurant inside to drink . Not sure if this is.....  more »
  • It's all good in Albania.
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  • One of the oldest towns in the Mediterranean area has a history dating back to the ancient times. The first relatively well-known inhabitants of these areas were the Taulanci, an Illold tribe that settled on the shores of the Adriatic in 13-11 centuries before our era. Some researchers believe that the name of the city originates from one of the chiefs of the tribe, Dirra. In 627, the lands of the Taulants were conquered by the Greek displaced persons, the Exiles of Corinths and Corfu. As a result, there is one more version of the city, according to which Durres is a disguised word for Dyrrhachion, which in Greek meant "a terrible rocky shore". During the time of the ancient Greeks Durres was called Epidamnos and it was a commercial polis, but when the Romans captured the city from 220 to 2002, the name was again changed to the Latinized-Dyrrachium. Durres was a sufficiently large well-known Roman colony, because here it was the beginning of Via Egnatia, linking the Roman Iliri with the lost and Macedonia. For the safety of the inhabitants and travelers, the town of Dyrrachium had its own fortifications, but until the present day they did not survive. It is possible that fragments of Roman fortifications were later incorporated into the urban wall complex, erected by the Byzantine ruler Anastazius I called Dikoros in the 6th century AD. The ruler, the Tubylec, transformed the Dyrrachium into one of the best fortified towns in the western Balkans. The complex of urban fortifications consisted of two parts: the Acropolis or the upper castle and the Lower castle. Soon, the municipal fortifications of Dyrrachium had the opportunity to prove their power: during the great wandering of peoples at the end of the 5th century, the city was besieched by the Visigothic king Theodorics the Great, and in the next centuries these lands often oblegated By the troops of the Bulgarian state. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the city remained under the control of the Byzantine Empire and was an important port for its...
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