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The ruins of the Paleochristian Basilica of Saint Michael in Arapaj
The ruins of the Paleochristian Basilica of Saint Michael in Arapaj
Arapaj is located in Albania
Coordinates: 41°18′11″N 19°30′20″E / 41.30306°N 19.50556°E / 41.30306; 19.50556Coordinates: 41°18′11″N 19°30′20″E / 41.30306°N 19.50556°E / 41.30306; 19.50556
Country Albania Albania
County Durrës
Municipality Durrës
Administrative Unit Rrashbull
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Arapaj is a village in the former municipality of Rrashbull, Durrës County, Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became part of the municipality Durrës.[1] It is a southern suburb of Durrës, located near the Mediterranean coast, approximately 6 kilometres south of this city.[2][3]

Arapaj is a noted archaeological site, containing the substantial Basilica of Saint Michael dedicated to Saint Michael, an early Palaeo-Christian church which is believed to back to the fifth or sixth century.[4][5] It has been declared a Cultural Monument of Albania because of its architectural significance.[6] A mosaic unearthed in the Basilica also demonstrates how engrained its culture was later on with the early Byzantine Empire.[7]


  1. ^ Law nr. 115/2014[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Google Maps (Map). Google. 
  3. ^ Bing Maps (Map). Microsoft and Harris Corporation Earthstar Geographics LLC. 
  4. ^ Albania today, 1981, p.46
  5. ^ "Shen Mehill Arapaj Basilica - holiday Albania". Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Religious buildings with the "Culture Monument" status". Republic of Albania National Committee for Cult. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ Winnifrith, Tom (1991). Perspectives on Albania. Warwick studies in the European humanities. Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-51282-0. 

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