Archaeological Park Orikum
Albania, Orikum

Orikum is located 22 kilometers from the city of Vlore, 4 kilometers from the modern city of Orikum and 42 kilometers south of Apollonia - the ruins of the largest ancient city in the region. Orikum was founded in the 7th century BC by the ancient Greek Euboeus, whose ship on the way to Greece from Troy, strong winds nailed to the shores of present-day Albania. The geographical position of the city made it an important harbor on the Adriatic coast. The ancient Romans used the harbor of Orikum in wars against the Illyrians and Macedonians; Orikum was the first city captured by Julius Caesar during his invasion of Epirus. During the Roman Empire, Orikum was a fairly prosperous city, but in the 5th century AD it was completely destroyed by a strong earthquake. Later, the Byzantines built a military port near Orikum, called Jericho, during the Turkish rule Jericho was renamed Pashaliman. The ruins of the ancient city of Orikum were discovered by travelers in the 19th century. The territory of the Archaeological Park of Orikum is 5 hectares, here are the ruins of the ancient Acropolis, Roman baths and the ancient theater with 400 seats, dating from the 1st century AD.

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