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Did You Know - Porto Eda Hotel

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Did You Know

  • Saranda’s current name derives from the name of the Byzantine monastery of the Agioi Saranda (Greek: Άγιοι Σαράντα), meaning the “Forty Saints” and honoring the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste.
  • Owing to Venetian influence in the region, it often appeared under its Italian name Santi Quaranta on Western maps.
  • In 1912, right after the Albanian Declaration of Independence, the city had only 110 inhabitants.
  • During the second occupation in World War II, Benito Mussolini changed the name to Porto Edda, in honor of his eldest daughter.
  • Near Saranda are the remains of the ancient city of Butrint (Buthrotum), a UNESCO World Heritage site Italian singers Albano and Romina Power dedicated a song to Saranda entitled Saranda Okinawa.