Apollonia (Cyrenaica)

Four columns in the Western Basilica

Four columns in the Western Basilica

On of the cities the Greeks founded overseas, was Cyrene; its port was Apollonia, which, today, is a field full of ruins along the shore. The town has the usual theater, some splendidly preserved Hellenistic walls, an acropolis that has never been investigated, a Roman bathhouse, a port that was partially submerged in 365, and a complex palace for the Byzantine governor of the Pentapolis. The city is most famous for its three Christian basilicas, which date back to the fifth and sixth centuries. A very brief history is here, and the links to the photo pages are here.

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