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Dimal: An Intriguing City Where Civilizations Clashed

Dimal: An Intriguing City Where Civilizations Clashed

The Illyrian city of Dimal (or Dimallum) was apparently founded sometime during the first half of the IV-th century B.C.E. However, Hammond (1968) credits Pyrrhus of Epirus or his successors for the foundation of Dimal. The Epirote ruler may have established a city here sometime in 290 B.C.E. The theory that credits Pyrrhus with the foundation of Dimal deserves attention […]

Apollonia: the Mighty Colony in Illyria

Apollonia: the Mighty Colony in Illyria

Apollonia was one of the most powerful Hellenic colonies in the Adriatic. It occupied a strategic position allowing for communication with the Illyrian, Greek, and Roman world. Thus, it led to notable economic prosperity but also put the city, on several occasions, in the midst of inter-state conflicts.  Early Development Apollonia was founded in about 620 B.C.E., as a Corinthian […]

Albanian Food: Top 10 Traditional Dishes to Try in Albania

Albanian Food: Top 10 Traditional Dishes to Try in Albania

Albanian food reflects old gastronomic traditions of various cultures mostly focusing on Mediterranean flavors. Countless authentic dishes make up the Albanian cuisine; each region offering their own spin; among many recipes, these are the most popular dishes to try in Albania.  1. Byrek Byrek is an iconic salty Albanian pie (albeit it draws inspiration from Ottoman/Turkish cuisine). Thinly rolled dough […]

Albanian Rivers: Top 10 Rivers to Spot in Albania

Albanian Rivers: Top 10 Rivers to Spot in Albania

Albanian rivers are among the wildest in Europe, although they are increasingly threatened by irresponsible human activities and shady development projects. They make the Albanian Republic one of the countries with the highest freshwater volume in the continent; here are Albania’s most important fresh water highways. 1. Vjosa (272 km/ 169 mi) Vjosa (with a total length of 272 kilometers […]