|A cornerstone captured in|
black and white
The ancient Greek speaking city of Bylis dates back to the mid 4th Century BC. Located on 30 hectares 524 meters above sea level, the walled city was at various times controlled by the Roman and Illyrian empires and for a brief period of time the city had its own form of currency. As is evidenced by the ruins of five separate basilicas (coined A,B,C,D, and E by archaeologists since the ruins did not reveal with certainty the true names of each church) found within the city walls, religion played a pivotal role in daily Bylis life. Much to the delight of archaeologists, numerous intact mosaics have been discovered amongst the basilica ruins. Other finds at the site include the remnants of the old arsenal, numerous cisterns that provided this hilltop city with their source of water, the thermal baths, and a vast amphitheater that could seat thousands of people and the houses of ordinary citizens. As was characteristic for cities of this time, fortress like gates (six in the case of Bylis) were the only means of egress into the walled city.
|Ruins, ruins, and more ruins sitting atop the mountain|
|A mosaic in the ruins of one of the five basilicas|
that were in Bylis. It is normally protected by sand but
they uncovered it for our group.
|An intricate archway; I can only imagine how impressive all of |
Bylis must have been in its hey-day.
|Ruins of the Roman (thermal) bath. They took bathing|
seriously in this part of the ancient world.
|Looking west from Bylis, the sweeping view of the river below.|