Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 16:43
The ancient town of Albanopolis is located in the vicinity of the modern town of Kruja. It was thought that the Illyrian castle of Zgërdhesh might actually be the site of the ancient city, Albanopolis, capital of the Albans, from whom the present day country is named. The city was built on a hill and covers an area of approximately 10 hectares. The protective walls once stretched 1,400 m, now measuring 90m and still relatively intact. The large acropolis dominates approximately one third of the area that was once enclosed within the walls. Among the unearthed items at the site is a small marble statue of Artemis which is particularly beautiful. The ancient city flourished for three or four centuries but then was eventually abandoned around the second century CE.