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Albanopolis (Zgërdhesh)

Albanopolis is an archaeological site between Krujë and Fushë-Krujë, near the village of Halil, in Zgërdhesh. The ancient town of Zgërdhesh once occupied an area of 10 hectares. These ruins are believed to be the ruins of the ancient city of ‘Albanopolis’, the capital of the Illyrian tribe ‘Alban’ who founded the country at the end of the 3rd century A.D. There is, however, no conclusive proof that this was the site of the Alban Illyrian tribe.

Regardless, this archaeological site is attention worthy. Only a 90 meter long fragment of the wall survived, and can be seen at the lower part of the hill. There are also remains of three rectangular Illyrian watchtowers, which are thought to have been built in the 4C BC. Further up the hill on the right-hand bank of the small stream, you’ll find fossil bed, with good quality fossils in blue Lias (a type of limestone), featuring ancient mussels that can be collected.

There are also the foundations of an early Christian chapel on site, and if you are not into ruins and history, the place is still worthy for its flora and fauna, and for the stunning views across the coastal lowlands towards the Adriatic.

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