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Durrës (Albanian: Durrës or Durrësi) is the most ancient city of Albania and one of the most economically important as the biggest port city. It is located at 41.33°N, 19.45°E and has a population of around 114,000 (2003 estimate). The city and its harbour is located on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea. The beaches of Durrës are local hotspots for many Albanians and are an important part of tourism in Albania.

For its history in Antiquity as Epidamnos and Dyrrachium, see Epidamnos.

Until quite recently, Durrës was generally known outside Albania by its Italian name, Durazzo. In Serbian language the city is called Drač (Драч) and that name has been used in some other Slavic languages.

In the Middle Ages Dyrrhachium was an important Byzantine port, and a major link between the empire and western Europe. In the 11th and 12th centuries it was subject to attack by the Normans of Sicily; Robert Guiscard captured it from Alexius I Comnenus in 1081 (see Battle of Dyrrhachium (1081), and Robert's son Bohemund of Taranto was defeated there in 1107.

Durrës was an active city in the Albanian national liberation movement in the periods 1878-1881 and 1910-1912. Ismail Qemali raised the Albanian flag on November 26, 1912 but the city was captured by the Serbs three days later. The Serbs stayed in Durrës until 1913. On March 7, 1913, Durrës became the capital of Albania, until 1920 when the capital was changed to Tirana.

During the rule of king Zog, the city experienced an economic boom due to Italian investments. An earthquake in 1926 damaged some of the city, and the rebuilding that followed gave the city its more modern appearance.

After World War II the city experienced another period of growth and became more industrialized.

Some important buildings in Durrës include the main library, the cultural center with the Aleksander Moisiu theater, the Estrada Theater, the puppet theater, the philharmonic orchestra, etc. There are also several museums such as the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of History.

Today the city is an important link to Western Europe due to its port and its proximity to the Italian port cities, such as Bari.

The city's beaches are also a very active point for many foreign and local tourists. Many Albanians from Tirana spend their summer vacations on the beaches of Durrës. Due to the recent construction of a highway linking Tirana and Durrës, the travel time is approximately only 30 minutes.

During the Kosovo war the city hosted some 110,000 refugees fleeing fighting in Kosovo and became a base of opperations for much of the refugee response by aid agencies in Albania.

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