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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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  • If you spend some time around the ancient site of Buntrint, you will learn alot about the rich history of the small country of Albania. It is a site well worth visiting. 
  • Here is history and archaeology as elsewhere in Albania. It is the best for those who take pleasure in history and Butrint archaeology. UNESCO site, but the site at European standards. A little Pompeii but more complex history, Greeks founders Roman splendor you pass to the domination of Venice and Ottoman specialties. The musoe or more properly and really quite nice and the antiquarium exhibits present are truly exceptional. Not to be missed is worth the trip.
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  • Very nice park with plenty of archaeological excavations, sacral and civilian buildings, the amphitheatre, the mosaic floors in good condition. Worth a visit!
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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.