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Ruins Of Heraclea Lincestis

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The ruins of the ancient city of Heraclea, Lyncestis located on the southern outskirts of Bitola. That there once was a settlement founded by Philip of Macedon, the father of the great General and king Alexander, was known in the nineteenth century. Excavations archaeologists have begun only in the 30-ies of the last century. Peak research came in the 60-ies. But then most of its buildings left under the ground, dig out the center of the ancient city. Here you can see several temples, theatre, baths and a few other buildings. All the houses, streets, squares still waiting to be explored.

The city of Heraclea, Lyncestis appeared in the IV century BC on the shopping Ignatievo road from settlements in the Adriatic could be reached to the Aegean sea. The name of the city was in honor of Hercules. At that time called Heraclea, many settlements located in different parts of the ancient world. To be able to distinguish between, usually the title attached to the name of the place where the city was. The ancient city of Bitola was called Lyncestis. After a few centuries it was ruled by the Romans and then the Byzantine Empire. It was the Byzantines restored Heraclea, after it was razed to the ground by the Goths. Soon the walls of the city there were Slavic tribes which became the catalyst that by the seventh century the last inhabitants left their houses to their fate. The Slavs settled on the site of modern Bitola and the ancient city gradually decayed, destroyed, overgrown with grass, yet never disappeared from the face of the Earth.

Now the ruins of Heraclea Lincestis open to tourists. Here survived interesting mosaics, statues, fragments of columns.