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'''Sarandë''' (Albanian: ''Saranda'' or ''Sarandë'', [[Greek language|Greek]]: ''Άγιοι Σαράντα'' or ''Agioi SarántaSaranta'', Italian: ''Santa Quaranta'', 'Forty Saints'), is the capital of the District of Sarandë, Albania, and it is one of the most important tourist attractions of the [[Albanian]] Riviera. Situated on an open sea gulf of the [[Ionian Sea|Ionian]] at 39.88°N, 20.00°E, it has a population of about 15,000, including a substantial [[Greeks|Greek]] community. Part of its original Greek and Albanian population moved into Greece during the large exodus in the early [[1990s]]. Opposite Sarandë is another tourist attraction, the Greek island of [[Corfu]]. There are daily ferries between them.
In ancient times, Sarandë Agioi Saranta was called ''Onchesmos''. It received its current name from the [[Byzantine]] church, by the same name, whose ruins can be seen on a hill outside the city.
Agioi Saranta was liberated by the [[Greek Army]] on [[February 18]], [[1913]], during the [[First Balkan War]] but was awarded to the newly-created state of Albania. It was once again liberated by the [[Greek Army]] on [[December 6]], [[1940]] during [[World War II]]. Near Sarandë the city are the remains of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
[[Category:Ancient Greek cities]]
[[Category:Northern Epirus]]

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