Unraveling Butrint

Butrint City Walls

Putting together a city's history by studying its walls.

By examining the various building phases of Butrint's fortifications, it became possible to tell quite an interesting story about the walls that surround the site and how they both determined and reflected where the inhabitants entered the city and what parts of it they used over time.

Known in the past as Buthrotum, Butrint is located in Albania near the border separating that country from Greece. Situated on a promontory at the edge of a large saltwater lake, it provides visitors with breathtaking views of portions of the lake and surrounding hills, the Straits of Corfu, and the channel and marshlands that connect them. These views make avisit to the site unforgettable.

In the 1990s, however, this scenic setting nearly led tothe area's demise. When Albania's communist government was forced to resign in 1991, and the country emerged from 30 years of self-imposed and devastating isolation, developers began to gaze hungrily on the site and its surrounding landscape. It is largely through the efforts of the Butrint Foundation, and its main backers, Lord Rothschild and Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, that the site was preserved from development. Butrint has since become further protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the area around it is also now preserved as part of a national park

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Author: James G. Schryver

Article and Image Source: http://penn.museum

Keywords: Butrint,Walls,Fortifications,Albania,Conservation



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