Orikumi, located at the place where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet, is a small coastal town at the foot of Llogara Park. Around the fifth century BC – thanks to its useful geographical position, the city served as a strategic port. One of the most important battles of Julius Caesar’s military career, between him and his powerful opponent, Pompey, took place in Orikum.
For the first time in 1958 an expedition with Albanian-Soviet militias and archaeologists excavated under an area of 400 square meters, discovering a monument in the shape of a half-arch and some stairs carved into the rock, which was interpreted as a theater. Archaeological excavations in old Orikun have returned regularly since 2007, conducted by an Albanian-Swiss research mission with archaeologists, architects, restorers and specialists from Europe.