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Archaeological Museums

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The Durrës Archaeological Museum (AlbanianMuzeu Arkeologjik) in DurrësAlbania, established in 1951, is the largestarchaeological museum in the country. The museum is located near the beach and north of the museum are the 6th-centuryByzantine walls, constructed after the Visigoth invasion of 481. The 1997 rebellion in Albania saw the museum seriously damaged and looted.
The bulk of the museum consists of artifacts found in the nearby ancient site of Dyrrhachium and includes an extensive collection from the Ancient GreekHellenistic and Roman periods. Items of major note include Roman funeral steles and stone sarcophagi, an elliptical colourful mosaic measuring 17 by 10 feet, referred to as The Beauty of Durrës, and a collection of miniature busts of Venus, testament to the time when Durrës was a centre of worship of the goddess.
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