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. Our Bitola day trip tool makes visiting Heraclea Lyncestis and other Bitola attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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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  • Too bad I was there in the low-season so that the beautiful mosaics were covered to protect them.However,the guy at the ticket desk was so kind to show them on the internet.He was very informative,too!The site is tiny and easily walkable,I would say you may spend here half an hour /hour to see it all.
  • We were impressed with how well preserved the roman tiles were and how well restored the remains were. The guide ia someone who you can understand that loves the site's history and will give you an incredible inside about the it's history. Definitely a must go if you like roman history and remains.
  • The access to this hidden gem in the city of Bitola reminds of walking through a maze, but is definitively worth the effort. Not only the large amphitheatre displays the importance of this vanished urban municipality, but you will also discover several spirited and brightly painted mosaics. As one of the few visitors you will also be able to walk unhindered into the reminiscants of an old basilica with a baptistry.
  • Great site with superbe mosaics. The atmosphere is the one of little things with unique atmosphere. Victor from the ticket office was incredibly competent and usefull.
  • We were the only visitors at the time of our visit. The site could be better maintained, and they could add some more information, but the place in itself is magical. The mosaics are impressive!

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