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Ancient City “Heraclea Sintika”

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The ancient city of Heraclea Sintika is 10 km away. from the town of Petrich and 1 km. from the sacred area “Rupite”.

The city is located on the southern slope of the Kozhuh hill, a remnant of the only extinct volcano in the Balkans.

For over 1,000 years, Heraclea Sintika has been the most important city along the middle course of the Struma. Homer is the first to mention the synths and their association with Hephaestus, the god of metallurgy. During the time of Philip II (359-336 BC), Heraclea Sintica became one of the Macedonian royal residences. The first military campaigns of Alexander the Great (336-323 BC) started from the city in the town of Rupite. In 168 BC Heraclea Sintica was conquered by the Romans and existed as a Roman settlement until the time of Emperor Justinian the Great (527-565).

Work time:
Heraclea Sintika is open to visitors without a day off. Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Holidays: January 1; Easter/Sunday/; Christmas/24–25/

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