Declared an Archaeological Park, by the Council of Ministers, Decision No.396, on 31/03/2005.
Shkodra is one of the most significant ancient cities in northwestern Albania. It was founded in the IV century, BCE as the centre of the Illyrian tribe of the "Labeates". Under the rule of the Illyrian king Genthios, it became the capital of the Illyrian kingdom. Coins from this period of prominence have been discovered in Shkodra. In 168 BCE, it was occupied by the Romans and eventually became a colony under Claudius. In 395 CE, Shkodra becomes the centre of the Byzantine Praevalis province. Following centuries of substantial political power, Shkodra came under Serbian rule in 1040, CE.