Kasmil in Municipality of Sarandé, Vlorė (county), Albania
The Lion Gate
Porta e Luanit
The so-called Lion Gate takes its name from the relief depicting a lion devouring the head of a bull positioned above the entrance.
The lion relief was not part of the original wall, but was placed here in the 5th century AD, in order to reduce the size of the gate and make it easier to defend. The relief is from a temple building and may date as early as the 6th century BC.
As you pass through the gate you will see a spring which, during Roman times, was associated with the cult of nymphs. An inscription in front of the well records that a citizen of Butrint, June Rufina, paid for its refurbishment in the 2nd century AD:
"Junia Rufina friend of nymphs"
Erected by Parku Kombėtar Butrint and Albanian American Development Foundation.
Location. 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 Roman Forum (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Great Basilica (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Expansion of Butrint (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Theatre (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Sanctuary of Asclepius (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Roman Town Planning (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Sacred Origins (approx. 0.3 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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Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.