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.

Trivia

  • Virgil, an ancient Roman poet, claimed that the Trojans settled Butrint, but no evidence of this has yet been found.
  • In 1799, the local Ottoman governor Ali Pasha Tepelena conquered Butrint, and it became a part of the empire until Albanian independence in 1912. By that time, the site of the original city had been unoccupied for centuries and was surrounded by malarial marshes.
  • Butrint is an ancient Greek and later a Roman city in Epirus which was abandoned during the Middle Ages after a major earthquake flooded most of the city.

Year of Inscription: 1992

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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....

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