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Heraclea Lyncestis, archaeological site

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Heraclea Lyncestis, archaeological site

About the site

Corridor: Via Egnatia
Country: FYR of Macedonia, Bitola
Type: Ancient Site
Epoch: Antiquity
Theme: Antiquity
World Heritage:
AntiquityAntiquityAncient Site

Heraclea Lyncestis 4th century BC – 6th century AD is located south of Bitola, 15 km from the border with Greece. The terminus ante quem of the city’s foundation is provided by Demosten, who refers to Heraclea in the context of the first Philippic war (349 BC). Situated in a fertile valley, the city was mentioned on all known itinerary maps of its time as a station on the Via Egnatia – the famous regional road of the classical epoch. In the first centuries of our era, Heraclea became a Roman colony and developed into an urban centre of considerable importance, still witnessed by monuments such as the entrance gate to the Court House, the Thermal Baths and the Theatre.

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