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  Archaeological Artifacts found in Macedonia 

(Archaeological artifacts available for sale on this site are copies of originals discovered in Macedonia)

You would have found out more information about the history of Macedonia if you followed the links in the left column of our home page.

However, as a snapshot, we will mention that Macedonia has been under heavy influence and a part of the Byzantine Empire, for quite a long period of time. Later on, it is under heavy influence of antique Greece.

The territory of Macedonia has been on the crossroad of many prehistoric and antique civilizations. They used to develop, nurture and spread their culture and philosophy, and thus left many items of their daily life, which were discovered many centuries later, in the 20th century. Statues, coins, various items, even whole cities have been discovered in Macedonia.

Statue of the Great Herculaneum woman type, in the white marble, a product of the Stobi sculpture studio from the Antonine period.

Fragment of a cult object in the shape of an anthropomorphic head, ceramics, Tumba, Porodin, Bitola, Neolithic period.

Ceramic cult object in the shape of the House of Goddess, Cerje, Govrlevo, Skopje, Neolithic period.

Statue of Athene of Heraclea, 2nd century, a copy of the large statue of Athene Partenos by Phidias for the city of Athens, 438 B.C., Heraclea Lyncaestis, Bitola, Macedonia.

Head of Dionysious Taurobolos from the Augustinian period, bronze, village of Jabolci, Skopje, Macedonia

Coins of Macedonian sovereigns are quite common finds at sites throughout Macedonia: a coin with the head of the King Philip II

Funerary gold masks like this one were typical of the burials of the early local rulers of Paoenia, Trebeniste, Macedonia.

This bronze statuette of a girl (maenad) carried away in dancing was a decorative application on a crater, a large bronze vessel, Tetovo, Macedonia.

Heraclea Lyncaestis - remainings of an ancient city, for centuries under the ground - near Bitola, Macedonia:

A view from above - what you can see is only 8% of the city, remaining is still underground

A closer look on a room with a mosaic floor

A closer look at the walls and preserved meeting rooms

The leopard and doe in the narthex of the Great Basilica symbolise the Christian soul and its sufferings, Heraclea Lyncaestis, Bitola

Wild goat from the largemosaic in teh narthex of the Great Basilica, Heraclea Lyncaestis, Bitola

Archaeological sites in and near Ohrid, Macedonia:

Lichnidos - remainings of an ancient city, laying entirely under today's city of Ohrid, Macedonia

Lichnidos lays right in the middle of Ohrid - it is not yet known how big the underground city is and where it streatches

The Samuel's citadel of the 9th century; Lichnidos is right under the citadel - 2 eras in one city, one shot

Inside the Samuel's citadel - a look on the main entrance

One of the towers of the Samuel's citadel - the entrance is still firm; gorgeous lake Ohrid in background

Later on, Macedonia used to be ruled for several times by the mighty Bulgarian empire and the Serbian Kingdom, for example the long occupation during the time of the Serbian Tsar Dushan.

As of the 14th century, the huge and powerful Otoman Empire penetrates the Europe from the east, and accupies almost the entire Balkans region. Macedonia remains occupied under the Turkish for the next five centuries, and it finally gets rid of the occupation at the very beginning of the 20th century. During this time, it persevered in preserving its religion, language, maintained its churches and monasteries, and during the 18th and 19th century, it even developed what is called today "traditional Macedonian architecture". During the harsh times of the Otoman occupation, the people of Macedonia maintained their faith and unity through a strong religious dedication which they nurtured in the Orthodox churches and monasteries.

House of Robev family is the most typical example of the old Macedonian architecture, very frequent in Ohrid, Macedonia.

Monastery of St. Pantheleimon, dating from the 12thcentury, Skopje, Macedonia

Church of St. Sofia, dating from the 11 th century, Ohrid, Macedonia

The church of St. Kaneo, Ohrid, Macedonia



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