Pompei in Italy is maybe the best archeological site in the world, at least it is what some experts and tourist say, but who is going to visit Macedonia has surely to go to Stobi and there the traveller will find a great place where to see ancient finds quite well conserved. Something has yet to be brought back to light, but right now going around the city of Stobi, founded when the area was under Paeonia before to become the former capital of the Roman province of Macedonia Salutaris, it is located near the town of Gradsko.
Inside the site the best part is the Northern Basilica, realized with marble. There is a baptistry with mosaics created in V century. The interesting elements discovered in 50s show that between the North and the Civil Basilicas there were Thermae Minores, a small bath for people who wnated to take care of their bodies. From there the main street of the ancient town take visitors to the other main buildings. For those are visible the basements.
The religion is of course the main feature of the buildings visible in Stobi. There are, with an access on the main street also the Central Basilica and the synagogue. The second one is the basement of the first one, built in the V century. Walking around, it is possible to take a guided tour for a cheap price, it is good to follow the way suggested, in order to explore the history of the place. In case the visitor prefer to go around alone there is a good map at the entrance.
There are many inscription to be seen on the stones, especially in the former arena. Among the many spectacular elements present in Stobi it has to be mentioned the House of the Palms with a big pool and a mosaic floor, beautiful as the fountain located in a small square in the central part of the town. The finds of the variuos construction can easily help the tourists to understand the dimension of the buildings and the location of the rooms.
I don’t want to go deep in the explanation of the parts of Stobi, also because it is a work in progress, so in next months and years it can appear something new, some new discover of the archeologist, but I highly recommend you, my dear readers to go there. I like archeology and maybe it is understandable by some of my posts, but I think the wonder in Stobi is for all. In the end let me write that I am proud of this site, because my country (Italy) sent money and experts in the years to recover the finds and create one of the most beautiful archeological sites of the area.
I just add some pictures taken during my recent trip.