Early Christian Basilica of Shën Mëhill (Saint Michael) in Arapaj.The ruins of the St. Michael Basilica (Bazilika e Shën Mëhillit) were discovered during an archaeological expedition in 1974 CE, which took place 6 kmaway from the modern city of Durrës. The church is notable for its architectural style, which features three naves, an atrium on the west side and an impressive mosaic covering a surface area of 54 m2. The mosaic is almost intact and survives in a surprisingly good condition.
Most of the excavations began in the 1960's, and most of them are ongoing, allowing observers a rare opportunity to view an archaeological excavation in progress. One of the most interesting finds in the city is the “Bukuroshja e Durrësit” (Pretty Women of Durrës) mosaic, housed in the National Historic Museum in Tirana. The mosaic dates back to the 4th century BCE, surviving as a wonderful artifact from this period. In the 9th century CE, the city entered into a turbulent period.
Epidamnos was involved in the Peloponnesian War. During Roman times the name was changed to Dyrrachium. The war led to many political and architectural changes in the city. Trade with the Illyrians flourished during the ensuing years. Many Illyrian tombs were discovered in the city cemeteries, indicating that this period was characterized by a significant cultural exchange and that people were traveling freely between the regions. Dyrrachium was the battlefield between the legions of Caesar and Pompey during the Civil War of 49 - 48 BCE. As a result the city sustained many damages.
Durrësi beach, situated only 39 km away from Tirana, is the biggest and the most populated beach of the country. It has a length of 6 km with a considerably wide strip of sand. The sea depth increases very gradually, which makes this beach very attractive to families with children, and the location of Durrësi Bay keeps it very protected from the winds. Situated here is the largest number of tourist facilities including hotels, motels, villa compounds, bars, restaurants, discos, etc.
One of the most attractive areas of the Albanian Adriatic is Lalëzi Bay, situated between Rodon Cape and Bishti i Pallës. Rodon Cape is a wonderful natural masterpiece of 7.5 km and is a highlight for those who enjoy diving. The beaches of Lalëzi Bay are sandy ones, some of them surrounded by strips of pine trees. Some of the most outstanding beaches are the ones of Shën Pjetri and Rrushkull, well known for their clean and deep blue waters.