Just 2 kilometers from Saranda, the Forty Saints Monastery, which is located east of the city of Saranda on top of the hill of Gjashta village, is one of the area’s most significant historic sites provides mesmerizing panoramas. The name Saranda was first mentioned in the early 15th century and comes from this Christian monastery from the Byzantine period: Forty Saints Monastery or Ágii Saránda in Greek.
The monastery’s church was the largest basilica in the region. The monastery, which is 40 meters high and 24 meters wide, was built in the 6th century. The monastery was modified extensively over the next centuries. Today, the basement is preserved but the ground floor was severely damaged during World War II by British bombing. The monastery was designated as monument of cultural heritage in 1970.
Subscribe for the latest news on Saranda's events.