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Heraclea Lyncestis, Bitola

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Once the site of an ancient Greek city, Heraclea Lyncestis today boasts a wide array of ruins and mosaics from both the Greek and Roman eras. Originally founded during the 4th century BCE, the city played an important role as a frontier settlement of the Macedonian Empire. Visit the ancient site and explore the remarkably intact ruins, wandering between the monuments, homes, and bathhouses that once served its citizens. You'll notice that the vibrant, preserved mosaics, depicting animals and other scenes, were a result of the city's growth along one of Rome's major highways. Be sure to swing by the on-site museum to see a model of the city at the height of its importance, along with a collection of everyday artifacts found in the area. Before you head to Bitola, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bitola itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Bitola has to offer, including Heraclea Lyncestis.
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  • Historic site from the age of ancient Greek. Very nice place with good atmosphere, one of the best thing in Bitola (together with Pelister and Širok sokak), that you should really see  more »
  • Being in Bitola, there is no way to visit the ruins of an ancient Heraclea are well-preserved ancient amphitheatre. A trip to the city centre is a few minutes away by car.
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  • It was not easy to find this archaeological site! But it was worth turning around in circles. The site is known for its Christian basilica mosaics, which are it's magnificent true (including a group of animals gathered around a cauldron). The small museum is interesting, even if it falls a bit in ruins (dust!). We see such a beautiful theater mask and a model that shows the status of the site before excavations, a patchwork of ruins and peasant buildings. Because the site was cleared of the medieval structures that it covered only in the 1930s. The most spectacular building is the theatre, built on a hillside in the older site part, since it dates back to the reign of Antoninus Pius (138-160). It has 20 rows of bleachers. As evidenced by the tunnel and the three locations of cages for cats, he welcomed especially battles of gladiators. It was abandoned in the 4th century when the city became Christian.
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  • A surprisingly well kept secret with some truly outstanding mosaics. With a little more investment in facilities/add-ons, it could be a bigger draw for more than an hour of serene wandering.
  • South of Bitola, on the slopes below the village Bukovo, the ruins of the ancient city Heraclea exist, which was main city center of Lynchestis area. Heraclea is mentioned by most of the ancient writers: Polybius, Strabo, Caesar and others., in all itinerariums (Itinerarium Antonini and others.) in Tabula Peutingeriana as station on the road Heraclea - Stobi. Heraclea is mentioned in historical sources as a city that was established by Philip II of Macedon, around the middle of the IV century BC. In its intention to extend the Macedonian state, Philip II in the border areas erected fortified cities, which served as the cornerstone of war and cultural expansion.
  • Very nice place to visit. See mosaics of Phillip II "second". Amphitheatre and other artefacts.
  • Amazing historic site. Definitely go
  • Certainly worth seeing if you are in the area, the mosaics are stunning. They have done the best they can with the little money they have so don't expect a fancy visitor center with great explanations, but the main guy there was extremely knowledgeable and it seemed he had a large amount of schooling in both the mosaics and history of Macedonia.