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Butrint, Saranda

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Historic Site Landmark
See the remains of an ancient Greek and Roman city at Butrint. The ruined city thrived until late antiquity when it began to decline, but it wasn't abandoned until the Middle Ages. Located on a hill near the sea, the ruins continued to play a part in the region's history even after its demise as different groups took power, such as the Venetians and the French. Constant excavations have taken place since 1928. Local preservationists worked hard to protect the site from looters and violence, and in 2005 UNESCO declared that the site was out of danger. You can reach the ruins and view the archeological work by using the road leading directly there from Saranda. The attraction is located in Butrint National Park, so consider combining the two and spending a day exploring the park. Butrint is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Saranda Edition.
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  • This is the most fascinating open ancient sight I have ever visited before!!! Buildings date as long as the 8th century B.C. and anyone can walk freely around the all national park!!! The Roman Amphit...  more »
  • As a history buff ,I really enjoyed this place.Ideal for all ages and you should avoid visiting it during noon time as the sun is too strong.  more »
  • You need a guide and there were several good ones on the day we were there-lots of overlapping history Greco-Roman---was important for strategic control of Adriatic -lots of walking and not good for f...  more »
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  • Great place. Alot of history here highly recommended.
  • Gesù and well accessible historical place.
  • A nice walk around in the old ruins. Very well preserved
  • It is totally worth to visit and to enjoy walking around and checking every piece of history that this park holds!!
  • Butrint is an archaeological site whose megalithic city walls date from 1000 BC. The city and it's setting emerge magically from the Lake and Mountains of Butrint National Park, and some say the city's founders were the descendants of Andromache, wife of Priam of Troy. Indeed the Trojan Gate entrance to the city evokes dreams of that great city before it fell to the Macedonians. After ten visits to Butrint, I have still not explored all of the site and it's national park, and each time I return, it is as if Troy is calling to me, working mysteriously to transport me back to an epoch of legend made true in Butrint.