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Durres, Albania’s second largest city, is the most ancient and one of the most economically important cities in Albania. It is located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km (20 miles) west of the capital Tirana. It is situated at one of the narrower points of the Adriatic Sea, opposite the Italian ports of Bari and Brindisi. Durres was founded as Epidamnos in 627 BC as ruled by a politically advanced society; it was considered the largest port on the Adriatic, and the west end of the Via Egnatia for centuries. The Christian gospel was first planted in Europe by apostle Paul. Travelling westward on Via Egnatia he penetrated the heart of Albania. Ancient tradition holds that St. Paul introduced Christianity into Albania and founded the church of Durres. Durres is one of the two starting points of Via Egnatia. Main sights of interest include the Roman Amphitheater and the Archaeological Museum, known for its many artifacts exhibiting local ancient life, Roman Baths and old city walls.
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