A brief history of Durrës

The beautiful city of Durrës carries much history and Christian heritage. The geographical position of Durrës makes this almost inevitable.

Dyrrachium (top left) is the ancient name for Durres

In Romans 15:19, Paul mentioned that he preached all the way from Jerusalem to Illyricum, a city in ancient
Albania. Titus visited Dalmatia, just up the coast from Albania, so Paul and Titus most likely parted ways in Durrës. This marked the end of the Western path on the Roman Road, the Egnatian way.

There is evidence as early as 58 AD of Christian families in Durrës.

Durrës is the second largest city of Albania, located on the central Albanian coast, 33 km(21mi) west of the capital Tirana. This location makes Durres one of the main physical and spiritual gates of Albania.

The city was named in Greek as Epidamnos and Dyrrhachion, or in Latin, Epitamnus and Dyrrachium. The word “Dyrrachion” is roughly translated from Greek to “roaring waves.”

In 1967, Durrës was the place from where Albania was officially declared an atheist nation, becoming the first nation in the world to declare, “We do not believe in God.”

Currently, there are several Christian churches and organizations operating in Durrës.
YWAM Albania is one of them.

The Amphitheater where Apostle Paul preached the Gospel (Rom 15:19)

“This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out, and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!” Isaiah 49:8

Because of its history, its Christian inheritance and geographical position, and word God has spoken to us, we believe Durrës is a prophetic voice for Albania and the world. It is a city called into missions, chosen to “restore the land and reassign its desolated inheritances, to raise up the age-old foundations” in Albania and beyond.

“Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings” Isaiah 58:12

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