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Near Kasmil in Municipality of Sarandé, Vlorė (county), Albania
 

Sacred Origins

Origjina e shenjtė

 

—Periudha Helenistike/III Cent. BC/Hellenistic period —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2018
1. Sacred Origins Marker
Legend: ➊ Lion Gate, ➋ Lake Gate, ➌ Acropolis, ➍ Tower Gate, ➎ Theatre, ➏ Temple of Asclepius.
Inscription. The texts on this marker are written in Albanian (shqip) (top left) and English (top right). Only the English text has been transcribed. To read the Albanian (shqip) text, enlarge the marker image by clicking on it.

English:

Butrint owes its growth and early fame to a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, the god of medicine, founded in the 4th century BC. The Sanctuary was located on the south slope of the acropolis (hill).
Worshippers came to the Sanctuary in order to be healed, leaving objects and money to the god and his attendant priests. The Sanctuary was the making of Butrint and the sacred powers of Butrint's water were to be revered as long as the town lasted.
As the Sanctuary grew in fame a circuit wall of finely hewn stone blocks, fitted together without mortar, was constructed around the 10 hectare site in order to protect it.
 
Erected by Parku Kombėtar Butrint and Albanian American Development Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 44.713′ N, 20° 1.193′ E. Marker is near Kasmil, Vlorė (county), in Municipality of Sarandé. Marker can be reached from Route SH81, on the left 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
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2018
2. Sacred Origins Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. The Sanctuary of Asclepius (within shouting distance of this marker); The Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); The Expansion of Butrint (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Venetians at Butrint (about 120 meters away); The Roman Forum (about 120 meters away); The Changing Settlement (about 120 meters away); Roman Town Planning (about 210 meters away); The Baptistery and its mosaic pavements (approx. 0.2 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.
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers
 
Butrint ruins image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2018
3. Butrint ruins
Butrint ruins image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2018
4. Butrint ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 28, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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