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River Erzen close to Iba.jpg
Country Albania
Basin features
Main source Shëngjergj, Tirana County, Albania
River mouth Adriatic Sea
41°26′12″N 19°27′35″E / 41.43667°N 19.45972°E / 41.43667; 19.45972Coordinates: 41°26′12″N 19°27′35″E / 41.43667°N 19.45972°E / 41.43667; 19.45972
Physical characteristics
Length 109 km (68 mi)

The Erzen is a river in western Albania. Its source is in the mountains east of Tirana, near the village Shëngjergj. It flows west through Bërzhitë, Petrelë, Vaqarr, Ndroq, Shijak and Sukth. It flows into the Adriatic Sea near Sukth, north of Durrës.

The river passes through the city of Tirana, only a few kilometers from its southern end. Only a small range of hills separates the valley of the Erzen river with the Lana, Tirana, Zeza and Tërkuza rivers that form the Ishem river. On the southwestern outskirts at Yzberisht the transition from the plane to the Erzen valley is barely perceptible.

The mouth is between Durres and the headland of Cape of Rodon at the Gjiri i Lalzit bay. The average discharge rate at the mouth is 18.1 m³ / s, the highest discharge rate for the year exceeds minimum to the eleven-time. Its drainage area which includes all Tirana District and a part of Durres area is about 700 square km.

Apparently, all twenty-two victims of the 1951 massacre were dumped into the river on Enver Hoxha's orders, only to later be found wrapped tightly in barbed tape.


Map with the drainage basins of the Albanian rivers: Erzen is in the center of the map.