UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Butrint archaeological park 

  • mosaic floor butrint
    Central Sanctuary Area

Butrint, an important part of our Wonders of South Albania Tour, is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in southwest Albania. Situated on the Straits of Corfu, and surrounded by a picturesque lagoon, it is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the Adriatic region. The city served as a port from Hellenistic to Ottoman times. Following twelve years of archaeological excavations and major investment in site management, the site and its museum make it an exceptionally attractive place to visit. The site has been occupied since at least the 9th century B.C., but legends hint to the city’s foundation by Trojan exiles. 

 

Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra – See them on a Tour

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    Gjirokastra Old Town view

 

Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which was built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. The citadel area numbers many Byzantine churches, mainly from the 13th century, as well as several mosques built under the Ottoman era which began in 1417. Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period.

 

source:  NationalGeographic