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The remains of an ancient Greek style 'Tholos', a circular structure of columns. This one is at Butrint adjacent to the Greek border. Not the most spectacular I've ever seen, but very few shots of Butrint on Trek Earth so here's another. The Baptistery dates from the 6th century AD. It replaced an ancient Roman structure adapted to the needs of Christianity. Unfortunately the mosaics have either been removed to a museum or covered in a few inches of gravel to preserve them from tourists with high heels and heavy, jackbooted feet. I am leaning more towards the latter as the square support pedestals visible in the image below are not visible here. Archeology sites with delicate mosaics are often temporarily protected by covering the mosaics in a few inches of gravel until the government can afford to send in archeologists to remove the mosaics and replace them with copies for visitors to admire. The originals are sent to museums.

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