World Heritage Sites in Albania


(39.75 N 20.03 E) -- satellite image

Butrint has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Under the successive rule of the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottoman Turks, it thrived as a center of trade. 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.

Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

(40.706 N 19.947 E) -- satellite image

Located in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, Gjirokastra is a well-preserved example of an Ottoman town originally built in the 13th century. It also contains a number of examples of kule, a type of Turkish tower house dating from the 17th century. The kule has a tall basement, a first floor for use in the cold season, and a second floor for the warm season. The addition of the city center of Berat was made to the listing in 2008.

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Last updated: August 18, 2015