3. From Tirana: Berat, Durres and Elbasan in a Day Trip
We will depart from Tirana at 8:00 am. First, we will visit Durres Castle and the Amphitheater of Durres. Durrës Castle (Albanian: Kalaja e Durrësit) is the fortified part of the old city of Durrës. It is enclosed by city walls built in the late 5th century, and repaired and reinforced in the Middle Ages and early modern periods. the Amphitheater of Durres, surely one of the greatest pieces of ancient architecture in Albania, if not the Balkans, the Durres Amphitheatre was built in 100AD by Hadrian and was only rediscovered in the 1960s. It was used for about 300 years and back then it could as many as 20,000 spectators. Next, we will visit Berat Castle, the National Iconographic Museum "Onufri", Located in the Inner Part of Saint Mary Church in Berat Castel. Later we will visit Solomon Museum, The King Mosque, Tekke, and the Inn. Berat Castle, apart from being one of the biggest inhabited in Albania, also represents a unique combination of different styles and epochs, such as Roman, Byzantine, Albanian, and Ottoman. The National Iconographic Museum "Onufri" holds 200 artwork objects, icons and liturgical items dated from the 16th century to the 20th, brought together from several churches and monasteries of the region. The “Solomoni” Museum in Berat is dedicated to the city’s extensive Jewish history and the coexistence between Jews, Muslims, Orthodox, and Catholic inhabitants over the last 500 years. The King Mosque, also known as the Sultan's Mosque (Xhamia e Sulltanit) or Sultan Bayezid Mosque, is a mosque and a Cultural Monument. At the end, we will take sightseeing in Elbasan historical sight, its ancient Castle and Basilica. Elbasan city community took part in the spread of Christianity along the Via Egnatia, and had a bishop, cathedral and basilicas as early as the fifth century. You will learn more during the sightseeing... We will reach Tirana by 5:00 pm.