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Looking to Fier from the top ancient Apollonia (Albania) by Michael Hussey

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Michael Hussey Michael Hussey
Explore score
0.06 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 12, 2009
Date taken
Sep 12, 2009

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Eight miles from Fier is situated Apolonia, one of the two most important ancient Greek colonial settlements in Albania. It was founded in 588 B.C on a hill near the sea, and near what was then the course of Vjosa river by settlers from Corfu and Corinth. This gigapan is taken at the top of that hill, the highest point in Apollonia.

Founded in 588 BC by Greeks from Corinth, the city quickly grew to 50,000 residents by the second century BC. Apollonia later became a free Roman city after it sided with Julius Caesar during the war against Pompey. It developed into a cultural center of the arts until the 3rd century AD when an earthquake rerouted a river and lead to the city's decline.

The Austrians started escavating the site during WWI and the French later continued the work through the 1920s and 30s. While Albanian archaeologists have made some progress over the last few decades, much of this ancient city still remains buried in the hill.

For more information on our trip, see www.michaelhussey.com/albania Will open in a new tab or window

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