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Duration: 1 Day
Location: Butrint, Saranda, Albania
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Leaving Saranda port your journey takes you inland, crossing the Rive Bistrica, the rocky channel of Tsouka and the wide plain of Vurgu and long a marshy landscape beside Lake Butrint, whose waters were inhabited in ancient times by nymphs and dryads. Your destination is theUnesco World Heritage Site of Butrint, located in a region of extensive bio- diversity making it fascinating to nature lovers who come to admire the birdlife, butterflies and flora, as much as to those who wish to retrace ancient history. Settled as far back as the Bronze Age Butrint was traditionally founded by the Trojan Helenus, the son of King Priam who was famously visited by Aeneas, another refugee Trojan during his wanderings which
led him to Italy and the founding of the Roman race. The city developed around a shrine to Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, whose sanctuary can be seen today.

The Roman emperor Augustus founded a colony here and Butrint was the site of a small Roman port city until the 6th century AD. Following periods of Byzantine and Venetian rule the city was largely abandoned at the end of the Middle Ages when marshland encroached on its territory. By the early 19th century it was merely a small fishing village set around a Venetian fortress on the southern bank of the Vivari Channel. One of the most wondrous archaeological sites of the Mediterranean region, Butrint is yours to discover, wander like an early explorer amongst the ruins left by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks scattered amongst the dense trees of this enchanted forest. Butrint is truly a crossroads of

Mediterranean history and culture, and the visitor will find the theatre, public baths, baptistery Lion Gate acropolis and museum.
1. The changing settlement
2. Sacred Origins
3. The sanctuary of Asclepius
4. The Theatre
5. The Roman colony
6. The expansion of Butrint
7. Roman Town planning
8. A private residence – the triconch palace
9. The Baptistery and early christian Butrint
10. Gateway to Butrint
11. The Churches of Butrint
12. Early fortifications
13. The lion gate
14. Later fortifications
15. The Butrint Museum

Tour of the Archeological Site of Butrint.

Images from the tour