Scean Gate (The Lake Gate)

Butrint National Park, part of Hellenistic wall line, north side around the lake shores

Dating from the 4th century BC, consisting of large trapezoidal blocks of limestone. ...

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Butrint National Park, part of Hellenistic wall line, north side around the lake shores

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summer 8am - 8pm and winter 8am - 4pm

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Dating from the 4th century BC, consisting of large trapezoidal blocks of limestone. Scaean Gate, the first gate, is the best conserved one, build as to provide protection against aggressors, gives access to a stairway and path leading up to the summit of acropolis. Discovered during the Italian Archaeological Mission, 1928 - 1940 and named by excavator Maria Luigi Ugolini, inspired from Virgil’s description of Aeneas’s entrance to Buthrotum (Butrint ancient name), who supposedly saw the miniature copy of the great portal in Troy.

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    Sanctuary of Asclepius

    Butrint National Park, on the Agora (the main helenstic square), next to the theatre

    Dating from 4th centry BC, the size and the form of the temple are typical of Epirote temples. ...

    Sanctuary of AsclepiusSacral objects

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    Butrint National Park, on the Agora (the main helenstic square), next to the theatre

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    summer 8am - 8pm and winter 8am - 4pm

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    Dating from 4th centry BC, the size and the form of the temple are typical of Epirote temples. An inscription dedicated to Asclepius indicated that the temple was devoted to the god of medicine. Butrint owes its growth and early fame to this Scantuary. Worshippers came here in order to be healed, leaving symbolic objects and money to the god and his attendant priests. The Sanctuary of Asclepius was the making of Butrint and represented its sacred power.

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      Sanctuary of Asclepiussacral objects

      Built in early Christianity, 6th century AD, the second largest baptistery in the Eastern Roman Empi ...

      BaptisterySacral objects

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      Built in early Christianity, 6th century AD, the second largest baptistery in the Eastern Roman Empire, one of the most important paleochristian monuments both locally and all over the Balkans. The floor of Baptistery is decorated with a splendid mosaic pavement. It is very well preserved and one could say that nowhere else in Europe a mosaic of this size and quality can be found.

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        Baptisterysacral objects

        Venetian Tower

        Butrint National Park, at the entrance of the city

        Venetian Tower was built by the Venetians in the Middle Age, 16th century AD ...

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        Butrint National Park, at the entrance of the city

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        summer 8am - 8pm and winter 8am - 4pm

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        Venetian Tower was built by the Venetians in the Middle Age, 16th century AD. Along with the Triangular Fortress opposite the channel, it was used to control the channel and the hinterland and to discourage the sea pirates. In case of danger the tower was made inaccessible with a small drawbridge and balistraria.

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          Triangled Fortress

          Butrint National Park, on the other side of Vivary Channel, opposte the Venetian Tower

          The Triangular Fortress opposite the Venetian Tower was used to control the channel and the hinterla ...

          Triangled FortressCity walls and forts

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          Butrint National Park, on the other side of Vivary Channel, opposte the Venetian Tower

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          summer 8am - 8pm and winter 8am - 4pm

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          The Triangular Fortress opposite the Venetian Tower was used to control the channel and the hinterland and to discourage the sea pirates.

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            Great Basilica

            Butrint National Park, in the lower city, or southern city

            This monument was built as a basilical church in 3 phases. ...

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            Butrint National Park, in the lower city, or southern city

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            summer 8am - 8pm and winter 8am - 4pm

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            This monument was built as a basilical church in 3 phases: the first dates back to the 6th century, the second to the 9th and the third belongs to the late medieval period (probably 15th century), with the last builders using the earlier construction as foundations. As everywhere else, part of the floor is paved with mosaic.

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              Great Basilicastatues and monuments

              Butrint Museum

              Butrint National Park, on the Acropoli Hill

              Was built in the 1930 to house the finds of the Italian archaeological mission 1928 to 1940 and late ...

              Butrint MuseumMuseums and galleries

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              Butrint National Park, on the Acropoli Hill

              Opening Hours

              summer 8am - 8pm and winter 8am - 4pm

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              Was built in the 1930 to house the finds of the Italian archaeological mission 1928 to 1940 and later those of Albanian archaeologists 1960 to 1980. It introduces the history of the antique city throughout the ages.

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                The Inscription Wall

                Butrint National Park, in the lower city, or southern city

                Composed of 105 stone inscriptions in Greek, mainly manumission decrees. ...

                The Inscription WallStatues and monuments

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                Butrint National Park, in the lower city, or southern city

                Opening Hours

                summer 8am - 8pm and winter 8am - 4pm

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                Composed of 105 stone inscriptions in Greek, mainly manumission decrees, The inscriptions contain the name of the slave and the witnesses during the release ceremony, dating from 157 BC. Such inscriptions can be seen also at the theater.

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                  Ali Pasha Castle

                  Butrint National Park, at the mouth of the Vivari Channel

                  The small 22x30m, rectangular castle at the mouth of Vivari channel, was constructed in 18th centur ...

                  Ali Pasha CastlePublic buildings

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                  Butrint National Park, at the mouth of the Vivari Channel

                  Opening Hours

                  summer 8am - 8pm and winter 8am - 4pm

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                  The small 22x30m, rectangular castle at the mouth of Vivari channel, was constructed in 18th century by Gonemi family, a Corfiote landowning family. It has often been attributed to Ali Pasha, who during his short reign in Butrint, used it to control the ships sailing to Butrint and to prevent French attacks from the sea.

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                    Ali Pasha Castlepublic buildings

                    THEATER

                    Butrint National Park, on the Agora (the main helenistic square)

                    Build probably under the King Pyrrhus, 3rd century BC, remodeled by the Romans in the 2nd century AD ...

                    THEATERPublic buildings

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                    Butrint National Park, on the Agora (the main helenistic square)

                    Opening Hours

                    summer 8am - 8pm and winter 8am - 4pm

                    Basic Info

                    Build probably under the King Pyrrhus, 3rd century BC, remodeled by the Romans in the 2nd century AD. The theater could seat 2500 persons suggesting that the city must have been large. The lower rows of seats are the proedroi, the seats of honor for magistrates and leading citizens.

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                      THEATERpublic buildings

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