BUTRINT (UNESCO), ALBANIA

BUTRINT (UNESCO), ALBANIA
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BUTRINT (UNESCO), ALBANIA – A PIECE OF TROPICS IN THE HEART OF EUROPE.
Butrint is beautifully located on a lush green hill, among spectacular lakes. On top of the hill there is a medieval fortress which is now turned into a museum. The entry fee is around 800 ALL (5.70 EUR/7 USD).

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Butrint - Ancient Greek Settlement, UNESCO

Later, it experienced a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, which was followed by a short period of Venetian rule and the eventual abandonment of the city in late medieval times. The present state of the archaeological site shows traces of all the time periods the city has gone through.

The most ancient objects found at the archeological site in Butrint are a stone hammer and a shaft belonging to the second half of the second millennium B.C. 

Hekateus made first mention of the city at the end of the sixth century B.C., affirming that the city was built according to Troy and that the origin of the name refers to the sacrifice of a bull, Buthrotos, provided by the Trojan prince Aeneas on his way to Dodona. During its early period, Butrint was the center of the Kaonic tribes, later to become part of the kingdom of Epirus.

If you are interested in ancient towns and ruins, Butrint – UNESCO archaeological site is situated just 2 km (1.25 miles) from Ksamil. In antiquity, it was known as Buthrotum, the center of the Greek tribe of Chaonians. By the 4th century BC, Butrint became an important city and had its own amphitheater and temples. Within the next two centuries, it was annexed by the Roman Empire. For more detailed information, visit Wikipedia.

Butrint is beautifully located on a lush green hill, among spectacular lakes. On top of the hill there is a medieval fortress which is now turned into a museum. The entry fee is around 800 ALL (5.70 EUR/7 USD).

To get to Butrint, it’s easy to ask about the transfer at your hotel in Sarande or Ksamil as there is no public transport that runs there. Even if there are no typical tourist offices around, the transport can be arranged very easily for a really good price.

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