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Albania is located in a very important section of the Balkan Peninsula, facing “ancient Rome” and en route to Byzantium and the “capital of the world” at that time, Istanbul. As such, many conquerors have passed through the region, leaving traces of their cultures. The treasures and remains of the region’s great civilizations are still visible today, including the Hellenes, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, Venetians and modern Italians. At our archaeological parks, you will have the opportunity to touch the ruins of some of these mighty civilizations. An assortment of Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches, mosques, monasteries with valuable frescoes and icons, old bridges and other monuments will all enrich your visit to Albania. And crowning the heights of many of the country’s rugged mountains are castles dating back to the time of the Illyrians and into the Middle Ages.
The castle cities of Berat and Gjirokastra, with their traditional architecture, have also been highly praised throughout the centuries by the countless visitors who traveled through Albania. Fans of archaeology will surely marvel at the mystic atmosphere of Butrint castle and will enjoy the beautiful panorama of the ancient Roman city of Apollonia. UNESCO has also honored us by adding three of our sites to the culturally prestigious World Heritage List. Albania’s living connection to its rich cultural heritage is also complimented by its commitment to keep in pace with a highly vibrant and contemporary life, echoing its spirituality and presence in the European cultural environment.