Butrint is an archaeological national park in Albania and a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its ancient ruins dating back as far as the 7th century BC. In fact, classic mythology says that exiles moved to Butrint to escape following the fall of Troy.
Originally, part of an area called Epirus, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Venetians have occupied Butrint. As a result, Butrint offers a wealth of incredible archaeological structures, including a well preserved Greek theatre, fortifications which have been changed by each civilisation which occupied it, Roman public baths inside which lies a paleo-Christian baptistery and a 9th century basilica.
One of Butrint’s earliest sites is sanctuary, which dates back to the fourth century and sits on its hill or “acropolis”. The sanctuary was named after the Greek god of medicine, Asclepius, and was a centre of healing.
Butrint National park has high scientific, tourist and archaeological values as well as a high biodiversity. The park is 2,500 hectares.
The most illustrious archeological sites are the Temple of Asklepios, the Old Amphitheater, Nymphaeum, the lion gate and the Baptistery.
During this journey, you can visit the archeological sites of Butrint:
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