Near Kasmil in Municipality of Sarandé, Vlorė (county), Albania
Venetians at Butrint
Venecianėt nė Butrint
Periudha Veneciane/XVI Cent. AD/Venetian Period
The Republic of Venice was an economic powerhouse, dominating Mediterrean trade between Europe and the Levant through naval might from the 11th to the 18th centuries. In 1387, the Republic purchased Corfu along with Butrint to control shipping and trade along the Adriatic coast. Aside from its strategic importance, the enclave at Butrint provided fish, timber, olives and pasture for the horses of the Venetian garrison on Corfu.
From the 15th century, the Venetians were in a state of almost perpetual conflict with the burgeoning Ottoman Empire. Butrint was repeatedly assaulted by the Ottomans, with an eye on Corfu as the main prize, and the occupation of the city passed back and forth.
In the late 15th-early 16th centuries, the Venetians re-fortified Butrint to protect their valuable mainland resources, first building the Triangular Fortress and then a massive square blockhouse, known as the Venetian Tower. As the site of the ancient city crumbled, the fortress 'became' Butrint, continuing to safeguard the fisheries, and surrounding Venetian landholdings. Venice capitulated
Erected by Parku Kombėtar Butrint and Albanian American Development Foundation.
Location. 39° 44.643′ N, 20° 1.194′ E. Marker is near Kasmil, Vlorė (county), in Municipality of Sarandé. Marker can be reached from Route SH81 when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kasmil, Vlorė (county) 9706, Albania.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Changing Settlement (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred Origins (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Sanctuary of Asclepius (about 150 meters away); The Theatre (about 150 meters away); The Expansion of Butrint (about 180 meters away); The Roman Forum (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Roman Town Planning (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Baptistery and its mosaic pavements (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kasmil.
More about this marker. The marker is located in Butrint National Park, just north of the ferry on route SH81.
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