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Heraclea Lyncestis, Bitola

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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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  • nice placeHeraclea was a strategically important town during the Hellenistic period, as it was at the edge of Macedon's border with Epirus to the west and Paeonia to the north, until the middle of the...  read more »
  • Very impressive yet small-scale archeological place. Very few other visitors but perhaps that different in other periods. Seemed that archeologists were still digging and local staff was relaxed and f...  read more »
  • A well-preserved site with excellent archaeological remains. Recommend to visit the Museum in the city, and from there take a taxi to the site. After a visit of an or two hours, is interesting to return to the city to foot. No e slejos, only a couple of kilometres through a park. that allows to interact with the neighbors, who are very hospitable. It is not uncommon that you invite to test their grapes (dulcisimas!) in each garden. In our case it was quite an experience of hospitality. Keep in mind that if you want to fotofrafiar the mosaics of Heraclea, must pay a plus in the entry, but nothing excessive.
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  • 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.
  • Amazing historic site. Definitely go
  • Exceptionally preserved site and Victor, the knowledgeable tour guide gave me a wonderful, detailed explanation abt the large basilica mosaic which is not on display yet until May 1 but he showed me the print of it. Highly recommend visiting when in Macedonia.
  • Nice place, interesting way of viewing historical artifacts. Very low prices 100DIN (1,6€) entrance fee for foreingners but if you want to take pictures it is 300DIN more. Let's hope they will expand this sight soon. The only downfall is untidy amphitheater.
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