Day 8


Scenic drive from Berat to Durres (Epidamnos), Albania’s chief port and for many years the largest town in the country. The main surviving structure is the 2nd century amphitheatre, the largest in the Balkans. Sections of the mighty brick walls of the 5th century also remain standing. Nearby recent excavations have uncovered a large circular colonnaded piazza, paved with marble. This extraordinary monument had shops and booths behind the colonnade.  Then to Kruja, the last bastion of Christianity against the Ottoman Turks and now an interesting town set in beautiful countryside.  The Skanderbeg Museum here is a triumph of political museology, showing in concrete form the accepted story of Albania's medieval genesis.  Continue to Tirana.  [Photo 463 is not geotagged.]

Durres and Kruja