Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route

The Roman Historical Site of Buthrotum is situated along the Illiricum Trail of the Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route of the Council of Europe. The trail takes its name from a geographical term that was used by the Romans in the late 1st century BC and the early 1st century AD to describe the new Balkan territory that they were conquering to annex to the Roman Empire. The early settlement of Buthrotum grew up under the influence of the Greek colony on the nearby island of Corfu across the channel in the Ionian Sea. Julius Caesar passed through here during the Civil War and made it a colony for his veterans. The well-preserved architectural remains include massive fortification walls, a Greek theatre with Roman additions and a nymphaeum fountain which was connected to a Roman aqueduct. The 6th century early Christian basilica still has restored walls standing to their original height.



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