Butrint (1992 and 1999)
Albania

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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. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city's development. 
  • Albania 1930. Lake Butrint. 

Albania 1930. Lake Butrint.

Albania 1974. Stamp #1 of six, showing mosaics from Butrint / Pogradec / Apollonia.

Pogradec Mosaic

Albania 1974. Stamp #2 of six, showing mosaics from Butrint / Pogradec / Apollonia.

Butrint Mosaic

Albania 1974. Stamp #3 of six, showing mosaics from Butrint / Pogradec / Apollonia.

Butrint Mosaic

Albania 1974. Stamp #4 of six, showing mosaics from Butrint / Pogradec / Apollonia.

Pogradec Mosaic

Albania 1974. Stamp #5 of six, showing mosaics from Butrint / Pogradec / Apollonia.

Butrint Mosaic

Albania 1974. Stamp #6 of six, showing mosaics from Butrint / Pogradec / Apollonia.

Apollonia Mosaic

The civil disturbances in the country in early 1997 did not cause any irreversible damage to the archaeological site itself, but the showcases of the museum were opened and looted. No inventory of the stolen objects has yet been made, but fortunately the site's most famous treasure, the marble head of the 2nd-century BC “Goddess of Butrint” had been moved to Tirana before the event. 

Although only Butrint has been declared a World Cultural Heritage Site, Pogradec and Apollonia are neighbouring excavations. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Albania (on this website). Eventually refer to the UNESCO-listing, Albania section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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