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About Fier

Fieri (Albanian: Fier or Fieri) is a city in southwest Albania, in the district and county of the same name. It is located at 40°43′N 19°33′E and has a population of 82,297 (2005). Fier is 8 km (5 mi) from the ruins of the ancient city of Apollonia. This district is also rich in other archaeological sites and post Byzantine monuments.

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Castle of Margellici

It is located at the top of a dominant hill near the industrial town of Patos. It is an antique monument belonging to VII century B.C. It was a satellite fortress of ancient Bylis. This castle was also a battlefield during the Second World War. From the top of the castle, one can see a very nice view, overlooking the open vistas.
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Monastery of Saint Mary

The Monastery of Saint Mary in Pojan is located within the complex of the Apollonia Archaeological Park. It was built in the 13th century CE. By the end of antiquity, Apollonia was largely depopulated, hosting a small Christian community that built this monastery on a hill, probably the site of the old city. Byzantine Emperor Andronicus Paleologus the Second reconstructed it. The chapel was built in the Byzantine style. The Monastery of Saint Mary is one of the most beautiful structures of this kind in Albania.

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The Monastery of Saint Mary

The Monastery of Saint Mary in Pojan is located within the complex of the Apollonia Archaeological Park. It was built in the 13th century CE. By the end of antiquity, Apollonia was largely depopulated, hosting a small Christian community that built this monastery on a hill, probably the site of the old city. Byzantine Emperor Andronicus Paleologus the Second reconstructed it. The chapel was built in the Byzantine style. The Monastery of Saint Mary is one of the most beautiful structures of this kind in Albania. 
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The Monastery of Ardenica

The Monastery of Ardenica is located close to the village of Kolonja. It is a Byzantine structure occupying a surface area of about 2,500 m². This monument consists of the Saint Mary Church, the Saint Triad chapel, the konake, the oil mill, the oven and the stall. In the center is situated the Church of St. Mary, partly built with pumice stones brought from Apollonia. It occupies a large area, covered by a wooden roof and a flat ceiling. The church is composed of a naos, a narthex and a two-story exonarex, which at the one end connects with the 24 meter tall bell tower.

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Nikaia

Nikaia is located close to the village of Klos , not far from Bylis . It is an ancient city as well. The city features a protective wall that is notable for its length, 1850 meters, dating back to 425 BCE. The use of polygons and trapezoidal blocks for its construction is typical. Three defensive towers guarded the single entrance to the city. Among the most important archaeological finds are a small theater, a stoa and the ruins of a stadium. The theater had a capacity of approximately 900 spectators.

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