3E Cultural Routes

Byzantine Market Square

The Byzantine Forum has a central position towards the center of Durrës. The forum is a circular square with a diameter of 40 m paved with marble tiles, surrounded by a portico with Corinthian-style capitals. Outside, behind a corridor, the portico was surrounded by a series of premises, probably shops. In the middle of forum square, there is a circular plinth with a diameter of 5.75 m, which probably held some monumental statues.  Originally the forum was identified as a macellum, typical of Roman cities, but the structure and architecture bring it closer to the curved forum of Constantinople. 

Archaeological material and architecture date the forum from the end of the century VI, in the reign of Emperor Anastas (491-518), originally from this city. As such, it was one of the many monuments that the emperor presented to his hometown.