World Heritage Sites in Albania


Butrint

(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.


Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians

( multiple locations)

For more links see Joint listing with Slovakia.

Joint listing with Slovakia, Ukraine and Germany and Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain. These are the largest remaining virgin forests of the European beech (Fagus sylvatica). They also hold the largest and tallest beech specimens in the world. This site originally consisted of ten separate components along an 185 km axis from the Rakhiv Mountains and the Chornohirskyi Range in the Ukraine, west along the Polonynian Ridge, to the Bukovske Vrchy and Vihorlat Mountains in Slovakia. The listing was extended in 2011 to include 5 Ancient Beech forests in Germany and further extended in 2017 to include more forests in 10 countries.



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Last updated: July 14, 2017