Arapaj

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Arapaj
Village
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
Arapaj
Arapaj
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]

References[edit]

  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". Tixik.com. 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. 

External links[edit]

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