City Break in Fier- Ancient Apollonia

City of Fier, where the ancient Illyrian and the Greeks lived once, ancient of Apollonia,  It is one of the most important archaeological sites of Albania. At the same time one of the most highly frequented places by most of the visitors coming to Albania  Cicero, the famed Roman orator, was captivated by the beauty of Apollonia and in his “Philippics” referred to it as “magna urbs et gravis” or “the great and important city.” The ancient city, founded in the 7th century BCE by Greek settlers from Corinth and Corcyra, is located 11 km west of the modern city of Fier. Studies estimate that around 60,000 inhabitants lived inside the city gates. The city has a 4 km long wall encircling an area of 137 hectares. Sources depict a flourishing culture with a busy harbor along this active trading route. Among the most interesting remains is the city council building, the library, the triumphal arch and the temple of Artemis. The Odeon, from the 2nd century B.C, is also noteworthy as it once accommodated approximately 10,000 spectators. There is also a spectacular 77 m long stoa with a covered walkway. An earthquake in the 3rd century CE, in addition to causing damage to infrastructure, altered the path of the Vjosa River and the harbor eventually silted up. This effectively changed the trading route and the once proud city declined until it was nearly uninhabited. Apollonia was “rediscovered” in the 18th century CE, and archaeological efforts have continued intermittently throughout the 20th century CE. Today the site is easily accessible from the nearby city of Fier and it offers both unique views of the Adriatic coastline and numerous historical and archaeological items of great interest to visitors.
 

Wander the ruins of ancient significance at Apollonia. Founded first by the Taulanti Albanians, and then by the Greek colonists in 588 BCE, the city was founded again in the 18th century. International teams continue to excavate antiquities from the attraction's grounds, including a large collection of Roman statuary. Emperor Augustus himself studied in the ancient city. In fact, the town thrived under Roman rule and Cicero mentioned it as a great city in his writings. After its devastation by an earthquake, the city is making a comeback as a major tourist attraction.

Things to do and see:

* History Museum of Fier and traditional costumes section in
* particularArchaeological Museum ofApollonia in village of
* PojanMonastery of Saint Mary at Apollonia,
* Archaeological site of Apollonia
* Archaeological site of Bylis, in Hekal village
* The ruins of the Church of Saint Mary, in Ballsh
* The Castle of Gjon Bocari is located in the village of Tragjas and was built in the 16th - 17th centuries. The walls form a rectangle, with a width of 1.25 meters and a height of 5.5 meters.

In Fier there is also a zoo which has many kind of different Animals. In the zoo there is a bar that you can drink coffee, but there is also a restaurant.

1 Ardenica Monastery:
The Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Ardenica or simply Ardenica Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, distant ten kilometers north of Fier, Albania, along the national road that links Fier to Lushnjë.
 
2 Church of St Mary:
Church of St Mary  is 14th century  an old church with great craftsmanship and stunning artwork,Full of Eastern Orthodox riches in the low light of the sanctuary. It will be  open for tour. Also, the entrance door may be locked so knock if it is. Admission is free and great views of the countryside.
 
3 St. George's Cathedral:
St Gjergji  is an Albanian Orthodox Church in administration of Orthodox Autochepalous Church of Albania in Fier South Albania.
 
4 Lotus Massage Centre:
After long hours of traveling and touring around the city and beach, why not head for the town centre and vist the Lotus massage centre.
Best relaxing  a place which you need to visit, at least the last day of your visit, you will have a good time, also they have infrared sauna.

Bars and clubs in Fier

1 Gold CroWn:

Bar Gold CroWn, is not far from the centre of the city of Fier, you can enjoy Albanian traditional food, mixed with sea food. The ambiance is beautiful. Also is a family environment, It has a playground for children and it allows parents to relax and enjoy themselves.

2 BarCode:

BarCode bar, has a beautiful atmosphere with great mixed Albanian and modern western music, some night the play jazz. Mostly Albanian young crowd and of course foreign tourist which they come and go.

3 Grand Wine Bar:

Grand Wine Bar, is one of the bars in the city which they hold parties and play heavy music, full of energy and young crowd. They play live music, some if the well known Albanian singers go there and sing there too.

There are so many other bars and club in the city, just ask around or ask the Hotel receptionist, they will guid you with everything you need.

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