Butrint is an archeological site with international significance, representing about 2000 years from the Hellenistic temple buildings from the 4th century BC, to the Ottoman defences created in the 19th century.
Butrint is situated in a small peninsula between the Straits of Corfu and the Butrint Lake, approximately 25 km to the south of the town of Saranda, close to the Greek border.
Ruins of Butrint
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area.
The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city’s development. Butrint became UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The Butrint National Park is a Ramsar Wetland Site of International Importance.
Butrint - Great Basilica