Sunday, February 16, 2014

THe ancient city of Butrint, Albania

Butrint was anancient Greek and later Roman city located in southern Albania, close to the Greek border. 

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 is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Red Cross stamp, issued 2013.


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