Butrint: A Guide to the City and Its Monuments

Butrint: A Guide to the City and Its Monuments


By (author) Neritan Ceka, Volume editor Sally Martin, Illustrated by Karen Francis, Foreword by John Julius Norwich

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  • Publisher: Butrint Foundation
  • Format: Paperback | 83 pages
  • Dimensions: 206mm x 208mm x 8mm |
  • Publication date: 1 June 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Waddesdon
  • ISBN 10: 0953555607
  • ISBN 13: 9780953555604
  • Illustrations note: colour and b&w illustrations, further reading

Product description

Butrint, ancient Buthrotum, lies in south-west Albania, 20km south of the modern port of Saranda. The ancient site occupies a bluff of land protruding into the Vivari channel, a stretch of water which today connects the Straits of Corfu, 4 km west of Butrint, to the inland salt-water Lake Butrint. South of the channel lies a flat reclaimed plain, today drained by dykes, which effectively separates it from the range of mountains that run along Albania's southern frontier with Greece. It was probably settled in the 8th century BC by Corfiot traders; this was almost certainly the town associated with the legend of Aeneas, and today, of all the great classical sites of the Mediterranean, it is the least known, the least frequented and the least spoilt. This book provides a comprehensive history of the region, looking closely at its monuments, and showing information on local accommodation and transportation services.

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Table of contents

The history of Butrint; a walk around the monuments; the surroundings of Butrint; practical information.