Photographer's Note

‘Heraclea - Macedonia's largest archaeological site’

For everyone who likes ancient sites. I know Malgo does.
But of course Malgo has already visited the place.

Most pictures of this site on TE are classified under Heraklea. So I add my photos there although actually the name is Heraclea or Herakleia (fully Heraclea Lyncestis or Herakleia Lynkestis) …

It was an ancient Greek city in Macedonia, ruled later by the Romans.
The ruins are situated at 2 km outside of the city of Bitola, the second largest city in the country (according to some on Wikipedia only the third largest).

Founded in the 4th century BC Heraclea was named in honour of the mythological hero Heracles.
In the middle of the 2nd century B.C. the Romans conquered Macedonia and made it a province. It became a prosperous period for Heraclea.
From the Roman period we can see the baths, the portico of a courtroom, the theatre and parts of other buildings within the town walls.

The large basilica of Heraclea was a monumental building. Its rooms were paved with mosaics with geometric, floral and zoomorphic motifs.
Especially interesting is the mosaic in the narthex, with an area of over 100 m². It's a masterpiece of the early Christian art.

Life in Heraclea died out at the end of the 6th century when it is believed the population moved to the present location of nearby Bitola.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6806 W: 24 N: 16069] (62944)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2018-07-20
  • Esposizione: 1/21 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-01-13 10:04
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