Royal Palace of Durrës

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Royal Palace of Durrës
Pallati Mbreteror i Durrësit
Konaku i Durrësit.jpg
The main entrance of the palace.
Alternative names Konaku i Durrësit
General information
Type Palace
Architectural style Rationalism; Monumental Rationalism
Location Durrës, Albania
Address Bulevardi Epidamn, Durrës (in front of the first port of Durrës Harbor
Destroyed 1926
Client William, Prince of Albania
Princess Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg
Carol Victor, Hereditary Prince of Albania

The Royal Palace of Durrës or differently known as Konak of Durrës (Albanian: Pallati Mbretëror i Shqipërisë or Konaku i Durrësit) was a royal palace of the Principality of Albania situated in Durrës, Albania. It previously served as the official residence of William, Prince of Albania and his wife Princess Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg. It has been used by different Albanian governments for various purposes.


This royal residence had been the seat of the Ottoman prefect (mutasarriflik) of Durrës. The three floors of the building with an interior courtyard contained thirty-five rooms. Its facade was ca. 50 metres wide. Prince William arrived in Albania at his capital of Durrës on March 7, 1914 along with the Royal family. King Wied moved into the building five months later and used it as the palace for his six month reign, when furnishing and a modest bevy of servants were brought from Germany. The Palace was raided after the departure of Wied by Muslim Uprising and Haxhi Qamili.

On October 2, 1918 the palace, as the entire city of Durrës was bombed on the orders French Admiral Dominique-Marie Gauchet during the Battle of Durrës. The order was executed by Italian Admiral Paolo Thaon di Revel aboard Dante Alighieri. Gauchet had followed the instructions of General Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, who was serving the Macedonian front on account of the Allies, and according to whom, the Port of Durres, if not destroyed, would have served the evacuation of the Bulgarian and German armies, involved in World War I.[1] The earthquake of 1926 further destroyed the palace and, by 1930, there were no longer any remains.[2]

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