The Ancient Ruins


The tour will start with a panoramic drive from the port of Saranda towards the ancient site of Butrinti, located 19 km southwards. Along the way, the guide will give you samples of local history and culture of Albania. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the area of Butrinti saw the advent of many civiliza-tions. Ancient Butrint was an important Greco-Roman port city, and is now an impressive and ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site with a large salt-lake nearby. Inhabited continuously from the 7th century BC, until it was abandoned in the 18th century, Butrint features impressive walls reminiscent of ancient Mycenae. However, most of the noteworthy excavated remains are early Greek and Roman, including the circular baptistery from the 6th century AD, paved with fine mosaics. You will visit the archaeological site, a collection of ruins representing each period in the city’s development. The excavations started before World War II; an Italian archaeological group headed by Luigi Ugolini made excavations there in the period 1928-1939. After World War II, the Albanian Institute of Archaeology has undertaken the excava-tions and the site has now been certified a UNESCO World Heritage. The tour will bring you with a complex cross domed cupola support structure. The site of the structures on the top of Monastery Hill affords magnificent views west to the Ionian sea and east across the Butrint Lake. The larger site includes prehistoric remains of the Deme Fortification Wall . Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair or with walking difficulties. Guests may join the group and visit the lower through the city of Butrinti to admire monuments of the many different civilizations, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Venetians. On a guided walking inside the site, you will reach the Acropolis overlooking the area and will pay a short visit to the Museum, refurbished and reopened in 2005. On our way back we may also visit The Saint George Monastery. The saint Goerge monastery contains a reconstructed 14th C church inside the ruins of a monastic compound. The church is a typical single nave Byzantine type church

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