Situated in the south west of Albania, the city of Butrint is a site of significant archaeological and historical importance and evidence suggests that the region has had human inhabitants since the prehistoric era. The city was originally a Greek settlement before becoming a Roman city in the ancient region of Epirus, as the area was once known. Archaeological finds also suggest that the area has seen inhabitants from the Norman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman empires over the centuries, which make the city a particularly important historical location. In modern times Butrint is an area of continual archaeological discovery, boasting a collection of fascinating ancient ruins and monuments. It was also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritgae Site in 1992.
Butrint's stunning natural landscape is littered with fascinating ancient ruins from the Roman Empire amongst many other historical eras. Modern day Butrint is a must-see cruise destination, boasting some of the most fascinating archaeological finds anywhere in the world. As an archaeological site and a national park, the city is somewhat cut off from the rest of Albania. Travellers with an interest in ancient history must visit this spectacular city to observe the extraordinary range of well preserved monuments from the historic empires that have inhabited it.
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This ancient complex dates back to the beginning of the first millennia and contains a collection of historic structures erected to pay tribute to the gods. The complex contains a temple, a treasury, a stoa, a theatre and a perisytyle building all of which were constructed during the Roman era.
The Gateway to Butrint
Located at the south west of the city, the main entrance to the city between the 3rd century BC and the 14th century AD can be found. Adjacent to the main Tower Gate, a round tower sits on one side and a rectangular tower on the other, each equipped with arrow slits from which to defend the city. During the middle ages a further gate, named the Water Gate, was added to reinforce the fortifications.
Churches of Butrint
The ruins of a great basilica that once stood in the city was discover by 20th century archaeologists. The church would have been home to the bishop of Butrint around the time of the 5th century AD.
Shopping in Butrint
The community shop is Butrint's best place to by souvenirs and mementos of a stay in the city. It has been built using traditional techniques that incorporate a wooden thatched roof. The community shop, or Kasolle, is run by women from the nearby villages and visitors can purchase locally produced products including handmade mosaics, jewellery, embroidery, painted objects, decorated bags and carved wooden ornaments.
Eating out in Butrint
A limited amount of restaurant and eateries are located in the historic city of Butrint due to its primary status as an archaeological site rather than a tourist hotspot. Visitors should consider packing their own lunch before venturing into the city to experience this unique cruise destination.