Durrësi is the second largest city in Albania. The city has over 200,000 inhabitants and is also the center of the prefecture and district of Durrës. It is one of the oldest and most important economic cities in Albania. Durrës is located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km (21 mi), west of the capital Tirana. It is located in one of the narrowest points of the Adriatic Sea, opposite the Italian ports of Bari (300 km / 186 mi away) and Brindisi (200 km / 124 mi away).
The city of Durrës is populated with about 202,000 inhabitants (according to 2009 data). In the city of Durrës is located the newest public university in Albania called Aleksandër Moisiu. Durrës is also remembered as the capital of the Albanian state from March 7, 1914 to February 11, 1920. Durrës became the capital of the Kingdom of Albania by Prince Vidi when it landed on March 7, 1914 until the decision of the Congress of Lushnja on February 11, 1920 to declare Tirana as the new capital of the Albanian state.