Apollonia

Apollonia

Things to do - general

Is an ancient Greek city located on the right bank of the Vjosa River. Its ruins are situated 12 km far from the district of Fier. It was founded in 588 BC by Greek colonists from Corfu. Apollonia flourished in the Roman period and was home to a renowned school of philosophy, but began to decline in the 3rd century AD when its harbor started silting up as a result of an earthquake. Among the 24 cities in the Mediterranean world that hold this name by the time of Antiquity, Apollonia is the most important one, since it has served as a trading exchange among the Greeks and the Illyrians.

In fact only 10 percent of the city has been unearthed so far and experts have described it as the Pompey of Albania.

This amazing city has preserved its greatness up to nowadays. A wide territory covered with monuments, marvelous views that overlook the Adriatic Sea. The road to get there is of standard conditions, giving you the chance to travel relaxed and enjoy the panorama. Its favorable geographical position close to the main cities and the southern beaches, make of the National Park of Apollonia a privileged destination for cultural tourism in Albania.

 

 

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Culture and history info

What you can visit when in Apollonia

Thanks to its dynamic history of war, trade, culture that dates before Christ, but also as a result of natural disaster, the city offers very unique sites to visit. Let us introduce you with some of them that are considered the symbols of country’s archaeology.

Arc of Triumph

While in Apollonia among the beauties you should never miss is the Arc of Triumph. A structure of four pillars built of bricks and covered by white marble placates.10 meters high and situated on a strategic position that at that time has served as a compulsory passage to get to the square.

The Odeon

The Odeon is another historical marvel that has served for musical and theatrical shows, but also for official meetings. At first sight, the Odeon looks like a small theater propped up at the side of the hill with a capacity of 300 viewers.

Saint Mary Monastery

A Byzantium style construction build in the 10th century AD, is an ecclesial complex with an archaeological museum in it. Inside the church you may observe the beautiful fresco, the altar of sacrifice, the mealtime of monks called “Trapezeri”, and the church courtyard covered by a roof. The artistic and original values of its fresco have been estimated by many foreign scholars throughout the years.

Premises of “Agonothete”

It’s one of Albania archaeological symbol, the City Council’s headquarter. Races, sportive activities and various feasts were organized by employees called “agonotet”, that is why the monument got the name “Agonothete”.

Agora

The central square of the city is a monumental area that served as a water supply for the population. The moment you get there you observe there is a promenade with many sculptures of heroes, kings, warriors here and there. It was a trade center where people sell and buy.

The Great Wall

This wall surrounded the city and served to protect it from assaults and from the subsidence as well. The highest point of the old city is called Acropolis, a governmental residence that overlooked the city.

Dead City “Necropolis”

It is a cemetery in the southern part of the city that occupies much of the city hill

Classic Albania

Classic Albania

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Daily tour to Durrës and Apollonia

Daily tour to Durrës and Apollonia

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