Aug 3, 2007

World Heritage Site of Butrint

'World Heritage Site of Butrint' lies in south-west Albania, 20 km south of the modern port of Saranda. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area.

During recent archaeological excavations a 4th century theatre, statue of 'goddess of Butrint', a fine 'head of Apollo', 'Temple of Asclepulus', a fine 'Roman bathblock', 5th century 'mosaic pavement', various buildings and many other monuments were discovered.

Butrint is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city's development. UNESCO announced it as a World Heritage Site in 1992.

Location of the Site:
District of Sarandë, County of Vlorë, Albania
N39 45 04 E20 01 34


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