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Butrint, Saranda
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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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  • Gives very well the history of Albania again and is very interesting to visit. you look very beautiful excavations and also a museum visit is highly recommended
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  • Butrint is one of the most interesting historical monuments in Europe. It features tracks from 1500 years before Christ, traces of the Hellenistic settlement 400 years before Christ, tracks from the Romans 200 years before Christ and from Ostrom or Byzans 600 years after Christ's birth. On top of all this a fort was built by the Venetians in the 1400 's. Then buried the area and for this reason there is so much preserved today. However, only a small portion of the area excavated and there is much much more to find. A great place for anyone who has the slightest interest in history and a place that allows anyone who is not interested in becoming the. On historical sites you can get get as close and empty into so well-preserved ruins.
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  • It is a wonderful place with its own athmosphere. Walk through nature and feel the past. If you have difficulties walking, just go to the theatre and church. 
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  • 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.
  • Fascinating to tour this ancient city. If you are in Albania definitely check it out! Admission is only $5 and there is a lot to see.
  • Awesome place. Must-visit if you are in Albania. Reflects the entire history of the country from ancient times to today.
  • Really nice place, must see when going around.
  • One of the best history lesson you can get if you visit Albania.Don't hesitate to come to Butrint, as you can see one of the most amazing rise and fall of a Roman town during different ages.The view is also amazing, and at the end/beginning of the day you can take a bath in Ksamil which is 6-7 km away.