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Butrint National Park, in Albania, was created in March, 2000. It protects 29 square kilometres of historic landscape, archaeology and environment.

The Butrint National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Albania. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in the country with an archaeological sequence that runs from the Bronze Age to the 19th century. A number of major monuments are still extant, the city walls, late-antique baptistery, Great basilica, theatre and Venetian castles. In addition to the archaeological remains the site is robed in natural woodland with a complex ecosystem that depends on the nearby presence of the freshwater Lake Butrint and Vivari Channel which drains the Lake into the Ionian Sea. It is this combination of historic monuments and natural environment that makes Butrint such a unique place, a 'landscape with monuments' as beloved of the Grand Tourists of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Park was created by the Albanian Ministry of Culture, under the direction of Edi Rama the Albanian Minister of Culture between 1998 -1999 and UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS. The underlying intention was to create a sustainable cultural heritage resource involving local communities and national institutions to serve as a model for other parks around Albania. Under the leadership of Park Director Auron Tare, the Butrint National Park has become the leading light in cultural heritage management in Albania. The Park is now a major centre for archaeology and conservation training schools organised by the Butrint Foundation in partnership with the Albanian Institutes of Archaeology and Monuments, foreign universities and international specialists and consultants. There is an active programme of events in the theatre, concerts and performances, and outreach programmes for local schools and colleges.

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