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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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  • Heraclea is impressive, although I believe much of it has been refurbished and is still being rebuilt. 
  • the magnificent mosaic floors are covered for the winter in mid October. we could just see pictures of them and a glance (thanks to one of the workers). these mosaics are exceptional in the ancient wo...  more »
  • Great place to go visit if you are in the area. Easy to get to and well worth the time. Good variety of things to see. 
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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.