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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  • August 11, 2017
    These Roman era ruins were only discovered a few years ago and have yet to be fully excavated. While the sight is not well known, they are pretty amazing ruins of an amphitheater, church and various o...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    A site that deserves to be better maintained and disclosed. The course is not easy, there is little explanation but it happens even to imagine what it could be. The mosaics are really great too bad the whole night ruined by restorations of bad style. It is a must-see.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Famous for its mosaics, ancient theater and Roman baths, Heraclea is the most vividly preserved city from the surviving Ancient Macedonian Empire in the country. Heraclea Lyncestis was an ancient Mace...  more »
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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.
  • Note that the mosaics are covered up until the beginning of May to protect them from weather damage. They also now allow photography without additional entry fee
  • 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.
  • 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.

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