Map of the ruins of Apollonia
city in the Cyrenaica,
port of Cyrene.
The port of Apollonia was built around two or three natural
harbors, which have disappeared beneath the waves in 365, when a giant
tidal wave destroyed the coast of northern Africa. It seems that the
inner harbor -which was surrounded by quays and store houses- was
used for warships, and the outer harbor for merchant ships. In the
eastern part were a large mole and a lighthouse. This mole and the
outer harbor were built by the Romans; the inner harbor appears to be
In 1987, a small ship (thirteen meters long) was
the remains are now in the museum of Susa.