Durrës

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Durrës
Municipality and City

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Durrës is located in Albania
Durrës
Coordinates: 41°19′N 19°27′E / 41.317°N 19.45°E / 41.317; 19.45Coordinates: 41°19′N 19°27′E / 41.317°N 19.45°E / 41.317; 19.45
Country  Albania
County Durrës County
District Durrës District
Regions (Rajone) 6
Founded 627 BC
Government
 • Mayor Vangjush Dako (PS)[1]
Elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Municipality and City 115,550
 • Metro 265,330
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 2001-2009
Area code(s) 052
Twin cities
 • Istanbul  Turkey
 • Prishtina Kosovo Kosovo
 • Prizren Kosovo Kosovo
 • Bari  Italy
 • Ulcinj Montenegro Montenegro
 • Thessaloniki Greece Greece

Durrës is the second largest city of Albania. It is on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km (21 mi) west of the capital Tirana. It is one of the most ancient and economically important cities of Albania. Durrës is at one of the narrower points of the Adriatic Sea. It is opposite the Italian ports of Bari (300 km/186 mi away) and Brindisi (200 km/124 mi away). Durrës is home to Albania's main port, the Port of Durrës. The Aleksandër Moisiu University is here. The town has about 115,550 people.[2] Durrës was the national capital from 7 March 1914 until 11 February 1920 .[3]

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Durrës has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool winters. The average of water temperature in Durrës is from 14 °C (57 °F) in February to 26 °C (79 °F) in August. The summer in Durrës starts from May to middle of October .

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