Apollonia of Illyria was founded in the 7th Century BC and served as an important centre of learning philosophy and education as it grew from a Greek city into a highly populated Roman metropolis of up to 60,000 inhabitants. Its location lay on the main road, Via Egnetia which ran from Thessaloniki and Byzantium (modern Istanbul).
Devoted to the God Apollo who's name was used by both Greek and Roman alike, the city flourished until an earthquake in the 3rd Century AD redirected the course of the river which had enabled trade and travel. The area became a swamp land and the inhabitants abandoned the city and moved elsewhere.
A Monastery was built in the 13th Century which now houses the local museum. The majority of finds and artifacts were moved to the museum at the Albanian capital, Tirana. Only 5% of the entire city has been excavated, the majority now lying underneath farmland and countryside.
Amantia - founded 5th Cent BC, was the ancient Greek capital of the Illyrian tribe of Amantes in Epirus.
Antigonea was the chief inland city of the ancient Chaonians within the Epirus region. It was founded in the 3rd century BC by Pyrrhus of Epirus, who named it after one of his wives, Antigone, daughter of Berenice I and step-daughter of Ptolemy I of Egypt. Antigonea was mentioned in writings by the ancient authors Polybius, Livy, Pliny the Elder, and Ptolemy.
During the Second Macedonian War, the inhabitants of Antigonea had taken sides with the Macedonians and so when the Romans were victorious over the Macedonians in 167BC, they sought to punish those who had opposed them. Seventy towns across the Epirus region were set on fire and destroyed, including Antigonea. It was never rebuilt or occupied to the same degree again.
The remains of a Palaeo-Christian church, on the floor of which there is a mosaic and a Greek emblem was possibly the last construction, having been destroyed by Slavs in the 6th Cent AD.
The city covers a large area of the hilltop as evidenced by numerous shards of pottery throughout the site. Mainly covered in grassland, the site features many modern reconstructed building layouts placed over original foundations.
Butrint on the border of Greece and Albania, located in the ancient island city that was occupied for over a thousand years.
A natural fresh water spring located between Saranda and Gjirokastër which forms the beginning of a clear water river. The light blue colour of the pool surrounded by a deeper blue gives the impression of an eye - hence its name.
The water rises from deep underground while maintaining a constant flow all year round and holds an average temperature of 10 degrees which some brave souls were happy to dive into, but were quicker to leave. Most offered a toe or a foot and watched as they turned blue as well.
The Spring has a depth of over 50 metres but its actual depth remains unknown as divers face extreme high pressures of fast flowing and intensely cold waters rising up from below.
The remains of five large trees surround the pool each in varying states of decay - it is said that these were originally five elemental guardians placed around the pool by Gaia, the Earth Mother, to look after the pool. The large number of constant visitors, commercial traffic have led to their demise and now only trunks and off cuts remain around the pool.
Temple of Apollo - Didyma, Turkey.
Prislop Monastery, former home to the Wise Priest, Arsenie Boca.
The Trajan Roman capital of Sarmizegetusa Ulpia founded in AD. 106 by replacing the former Dacian capital of the same name destroyed during the Roman conquest.
Sarmizegetusa Regia is one of the oldest, most important and most mysterious historical attractions in Romania. The capital of ancient Dacia formed the centre of the Dacian defensive system long before the Roman conquest from the 2nd century AD. Its remote location increased its strategic, political, military, economic, and spiritual importance. Founded in the second half of the 1st century BC, the capital was strongly fortified with stone walls and had direct access to vast iron resources.
The ancient site began with moving of the capital from Argedava to Sarmizegetusa Regia by Burebista in the Cent BC and reached its greatest development under King Decebalus up until the end of 1st Century, before the Roman conquest from the early 2nd century AD. The victorious Romans extended the fortifications three times larger than before but abandoned the area after building their new capital at Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa.
Very few ruins remain today from the ancient Dacian capital and are the result of archaeological research from the 20th century which revealed three differing structures: the sacred area, the fortifications, and the civil housing area. The discoveries included sophisticated water supply systems, ceramics, thousands of iron objects – indicate the life of a flourishing ancient community.
Most of the remaining areas are modern reconstructions rather than revealed architecture, some fragments of the fortification walls from Roman times and a 200 meters segment from the paved road that linked this part to the sacred area. The ruins of seven temples, two circular and five rectangular, and one monumental altar for sacrifices shed some light on the rich spiritual life of the Dacians.
Roman Thermal Baths, Germisara, Romania
Corvin Castle began construction in AD 1446 under orders of John Hunyady, Voivode of Transylvania, who inherited the former fortified keep from his father, which in turn was provided to him by Sigismund of Luxembourg, King of Hungary and Croatia.
Sighisoara is a medieval city in the center of Transylvania, modern-day Romania, founded in the 12th century.
World Dragon Day
Blood Moon Eclipse, Glastonbury, UK
Post Equinox - Gaia Vortex Crystalline Matrix Alignment
Opening the Heart Chakra in Avalon with Helen Quail, Sally Sherin, Amanda Lorence
Little known Sacred Stone Circle hidden deep within the Rempstone Forest in the Purbecks.
The energies here are powerful and have received little influence from visitors due to their remote location. Undiluted by conflict, procession or ritual.
Perfect place to activate the Diamond Ray deep into the heart of Gaia and influence the collective consciousness from within.
Opening the Heart Chakra in Avalon with Tim Whild and Helen Quail
The Gate of the Gods, or the "Puerta de Hayu Marca" has been at some time in the distant past carved out of a natural rock face and in all measures exactly seven meters in height by seven meters in width with a smaller alcove in the centre at the base, which measures in at just under two meters in height.
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