UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationDistrict of Sarandë, County of Vlorë
CoordinatesN39 45 4 E20 1 34
Inscription Date1992
Minor Modifications2007
Buffer Zone (ha)8,591
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsFinancial resources
All ThreatsIllegal activities
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsImpacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
All ThreatsInterpretative and visitation facilities
All ThreatsMajor visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
All ThreatsLand conversion
All ThreatsLegal framework
Unesco Reference Number570
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=570
DescriptionInhabited 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.
StatusWorld Heritage Site