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Apollonia, Fier

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Wander the ruins of ancient significance at Apollonia. Founded first by the Taulanti Albanians, and then by the Greek colonists in 588 BCE, the city was founded again in the 18th century. International teams continue to excavate antiquities from the attraction's grounds, including a large collection of Roman statuary. Emperor Augustus himself studied in the ancient city. In fact, the town thrived under Roman rule and Cicero mentioned it as a great city in his writings. After its devastation by an earthquake, the city is making a comeback as a major tourist attraction. A Byzantine monastery with a rustic interior is also on site, and you are welcome to tour the inside. Purchase tickets at the museum, which serves as your introduction to the site's history. There is a lot of ground to cover, so wear comfortable shoes. There are facilities inside the museum. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Fier holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Apollonia and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Located on the right bank of the Vjosë river, The ruins Apollonia are one of the top 'Archaeological parks' to visit within Albania. A short bus ride from the uninspiring city of Fier (the only city t...  more »
  • This was a really interesting visit. The buildings are worth a visit and the frescoes, although damaged, are remarkable.  more »
  • Very nice site! Two hour walk in the ruins of this ancient city. Present explanations in french. The visit to the small museum and beyond inner courtyard is a definite must! Attention to get there. My GPS made me pass by from very bumpy dirt road... a moment of solitude with a small city car (wolwsagen up) between the fields. Short site worth visiting
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  • Archeological site with very big story, from the entrance of this site you can see amazing sunset during the summer and you can se even the sea , ghere are no words to describe this amazing panorama
  • Wonderful place! Here is educated Octavian August (Emperor of Rome). It's a disgrace that isn't under UNESCO patrimony
  • Very ancient and beautiful. There are a lot of archeological findings worth to see.
  • A beautiful place to visit a jewel of Albanian antiquity!
  • Apollonia  was an ancient Greek city and former bishopric in Illyria. located on the right bank of the Aous river (modern-dayVjosë). Its ruins are situated in the Fier region, near the village of Pojani (Polina), in modern-day Albania. Apollonia was founded in 588 BCE by Greek colonists from Corfu andCorinth, on a site initially occupied by Illyrian tribes and was perhaps the most important of the several classical towns known asApollonia. Apollonia flourished in the Roman period and was home to a renowned school of philosophy, but began to decline in the 3rd century AD when its harbor started silting up as a result of an earthquake. It was abandoned by the end of Late Antiquity.
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