The area near Sarandë is rich in ancient sites, including this one that is just eight kilometers (five miles) to the east of town yet feels remarkably remote. The hilltop settlement of Finiq, or Phoinike, was first established in the 5th century B.C.E. by the Chaones, a Greek tribe in ancient Epirus, but it was inhabited well into the Byzantine era. Its 12-feet-thick stone walls were built to protect the ancient residents against Illyrian attacks. The ruins today include a small temple, a theater, remains of houses and Roman cisterns.
By John Oseid
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