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The Monumental Tombs of Selca e Poshtëme

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The Monumental Tombs of “Selca e Poshtëme” (Lower Selca) are 2,400 years old, located 40 km from the modern city of Pogradec. Selca was a town founded by the Illyrian tribe of Desartes in the 6th century BCE. It is thought that Pelion was the residence of the Illyrian king, Klit, located in Selca. The settlement reached its greatest prominence in the 3rd - 4th centuries BCE, when its protective surrounding walls encircled an area of 3 hectares. Five monumental tombs in Ionic style have been excavated from this archaeological site. Four of the carved tombs are located inside the tunnels. Although examples of these types of tombs can be found throughout the southern Italy, few are known to exist in the Balkans. It is suspected that vast treasures were buried inside the tombs.

 

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