Synagogue Complex
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Kudos to the city fathers for not levelling the remains of what was once the largest synagogue in the Balkans. Orthodox outlines of a basilica are also present. I did not see any information signs. I don't know if the area is an active archaeological site.
Written June 27, 2022
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Max_Luca_Porto
Porto, Portugal226 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
There are not a lot to see ! Only ruins that you can see from the street or the bus ! The museum is also very poor !
Written June 26, 2019
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Michael P
Tagaytay, Philippines1,291 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Our little group of Prinsendam cruisers is walking the streets looking for the sights of Saranda. There is a prominent sign on the corner proclaiming this is the Sinagogue + Basilica Onhezmi. There is a plaque for us to read the history of the Sinagogue-Basilica Archeological Remains with one side in English for the tourists. The archeological site is very clean and free for the public to walk through. The local people have respected this site and there is no graffiti to be seen anywhere we walked. A slow walk among the hallways of these buildings leaves ones imagination to wonder what the people were like that originally walked among these walls.
Next to the site is a small building with pictures on the outside of the mosaic floors that we have come to see. The mosaics have been moved to a museum for safe keeping and we are left taking pictures of pictures. Inside the small building is a picture of a Synagogue and some fragments of columns. Careful positioning permits our photos to make this site look like 20th century buildings do not surround it. While it may not be the tourist spectacle, some had hoped for, it is a Respected Site.
Written July 18, 2017
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Sandra R
London, UK13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Neat and tidy but very little information or original relics to see. At least it is in the town centre and free.
Written July 9, 2018
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,949 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Right across from the bus stop to Butrint, there are the ruins of a synagogue. Like many other archaeological sites in Albania, there are nice mosaics on site. However, like elsewhere, they are all covered up, so impossible to see. Certainly the most frustrating aspect of travelling in Albania. There are a few pictures of the mosaics on the little building on site. Free to enter, but there is very little to see, and no explanation boards are present.
Written May 29, 2018
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Georgina H
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Easy to find in the centre of town, next to the park. Free to look round. The mosaic has been moved to the archeological museum , which was only 100 lek.
Written September 21, 2017
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SonyInAL
Tirana, Albania7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
I visited the place several times during days and nights as its just in the center of saranda. great to visit both during the days and nights. actually it deserves to be closed and to pay a fee to visit. locals say that buildings next to the place have burried or destroyed a lot of interesting archeological findings.
Written September 4, 2017
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Tom V
Antwerp, Belgium140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Next to the city's park Parku Miqesia, close to the Bulevardi of Sarande. Nice remains. Large picture of the mosaics found here. Panel with information in Albanian and English.
Written August 8, 2017
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JoBloggs771
London, UK443 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
In the centre of Sarande the ruins of the largest synagogue in the Balkans can be found. A testament to the large and wealthy Jewish community who live in the city during the 5th Century AD.

During the 6th Century the buildings were converted into a basilica but later destroyed either by an earthquake or by Slavic invasion. Different mosaics and Jewish symbols can be found at the site such as the menorah, animals, trees and religious characters.

Please note that the mosaics are covered with sand for protection but there are pictures on the site.
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Written December 4, 2016
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Virginia44,720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
The ruins of a 5th century synagogue in Sarandë, are located in the center of town and were excavated in 1984 when Albania was under Communist rule. These ruins were part of a community center and school for bible studies. It is unknown if an earthquake or Slavic invasion destroyed the buildings in the 6th century when it was converted into a basilica. Today, you can see many different mosaics and other symbols including a candelabrum. There are signs that lead you to the site.
Written November 1, 2016
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