"New Fier and ancient Apollonia" Fier by JLBG

Fier Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 57 photos

Fier is a town of 120,000 inhabitants, in southwestern Albania, It is a modern town. It was founded as a market town in the 18th century by the Vrioni family, beys of Berat. Its building began from almost nothing in 1877 on the plans drawn by the French architect Barthélémy.

Fier is not worth a visit, except for those interested in urbanism but 8 km west to Fier, the ancient Greek city of Appolonia is waiting for you.

Apollonia, was founded around 550 BC by Greek settlers from Corfu and Corinth. The port, situated on the river Aous was an important stage along the route between Rome and Byzantium. In the IIIrd century BC, it came under the control of the Romans. Emperor Augustus studied there, and it later became famous for its school of philosophy.

The city wall is 4 km long and encloses a 86 hectares city. I will present the main monuments of Apollonia in the following tips.

Teams of French archeologists together with Albanian archeologists have dug the site since the 30s. Léon Rey began the digging between the two WWs. It stopped when Enver Hoxha took power. Pierre Cabannes resumed it as soon as it was possible, in 1991 and created a new digging Mission, still working on the site. Since 1999, it is under the direction of Jean-Luc Lamboley, professor at the University of Grenoble. More on the diggings can be found at Appolonia diggings site (in French)

  • Last visit to Fier: May 2007
  • Intro Updated Jul 24, 2009
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  • Aug 10, 2009 at 3:36 AM

    I love archaeology so i like the tips with the Apollonia, the bouleuterion

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    What a beautiful place. I especially love the view, colorful houses and the concrete ferry house. That is spectacular. The ruins are just as impressive too:)

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    hi: i am so glad to be on your pages on a less known part of Albania. nice coverage of historical structure you have on this page.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Excellent photos of the old ruins in Apollonia! As I was looking at the various stone blocks still integrated into the landscape, it was amazing to think of everyday life going on here such a long time ago.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2007 at 8:09 AM

    Jean-Louis, I enjoy your Albanian pages. As you know, Albania is on my wishlist for allready some years. Thanks for the interesting information. It's only a matter of time, I am sure I will go there....

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Your pages on Albania are opening up a ocuntry that most of us know nothing about. Thanks . leyle

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2007 at 5:26 AM

    Very nice page! I have yet to study or research any place in Albania, but your page made the history there seem interesting. "Apollonia" was a character name used in the movie "The Godfather."

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    Interesting page on Fier Jean-Louis esp. the Monastery and ruins of the Odeon. Also thanks for visiting my Santorini page.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    Blessed is Jean-Louis who has seen everything in Fier before the arrival of tourists (among whom I may happen one day). Thanks for the virtual tour!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Interesting new tips on Apollonia. Quite a contrast to the nearby town of Fier.


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