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Description

 

Greek/Roman city in the Roman province Cyrenaica (Libya).


From the outset Apollonia was designed as the port of the Greek colony Kyrene. Kyrene was founded around 630 BC by Greeks from the island Thera (Santorini). Part of the ruins of the city are still visible, the harbor is submerged after a major earthquake in the year 364 AD.

 

The French mission has excavated the site since the second half of the 20th century. Apollonia is a touristic center with many remains from Roman and Byzantium period (Palace, Basilica baths, city walls).

 

View on the submerged harbour

References

http://www.ancientportsantiques.com/a-few-ports/apollonia/

http://honorfrostfoundation.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/HFF-Apllonia-report2-Daniel-Mirkin.pdf

http://www.livius.org/articles/place/apollonia/apollonia-photos/apollonia-port/

Richard George Goodchild, 1976. Apollonia, the port of Cyrene: Excavations by the University of Michigan, 1965-1967 (Libya antiqua : Supplements).

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