A Byzantine fort: Bu Grada

OK, it’s a poetic cliché to say that the Mediterranean Sea is made of azure, but sometimes it happens to be true – for example, when I visited the remains of the Byzantine fort Boreum in January 2008. The photo shows the remains of an ancient pier in the southern harbor of the stronghold, which was (according to Procopius, Buildings, 6.2.12) built by Justinian. The site has not been excavated, but a wall with a moat, a pier, a tunnel, rock chambers, and a bastion can still be seen.

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