Bronze object century 7-8

Bronze object century 7.

Ceramics Vase, century 6.

Life History

The research made on the locality testifies the existence of prehistoric culture and the existence of prehistoric settlements in this locality, as the basis on which was built the city with urban culture in the early Middle Ages.

Art History

Fragments of fresco paintings were found In the sacral objects that existed since the 6th-7th centuries, and during archaeologists research numerous finds like ceramics, ornaments, glass, numismatics, etc., who possess rare cultural and historical values.

War History

During stormy history, the city has resisted many invasions. His walls remember many wars. Unfortunately, in 1571, it was invaded and destroyed by the Ottomans. Then it is completely abandoned and has never been recovered.

Love History

Although devastated, the love for this place continues. The people of this region are very attached to this sacred place, leaving the new generations love, from the most beautiful and tangible of these areas. The history which continues for 450 years!


The mystified unexplored heritage!

The medieval town of Suacium, Shas, Šas, Svač near Ulcinj-Ulqin, located on the hill above Shasi Lake, is among the most attractive "dead cities" on the Adriatic coast.

Established as a city since the early Middle Ages, (at this time in literature known as Suatio, Suaço, Savocci, Svaciao), built from large stones, and surrounded by the wall, which carries great architectural and artistic values, even today the city gates preserve the beauty of the distant past.
This ancient dwelling place except for the convenient position and historical importance also offers appropriate life conditions, special conditions for farming, agriculture, and fishing.

By the remains of large blocks of stones on the divisions of the fortress, which rise above the Shasi Lake, and its position in the strategic antic Roman road Olcinium-Scodra, it's easy to conclude that once upon a time this place flourished.

Suacium was mentioned for the first time in the Pope Alexander II decree in 1067. By legends, it has had churches as much as a year has a day which is a unique occasion in the whole world.

Unknown writer and his manuscript “Secondo l’Antica Dulcigno Descrizione …” he stated that in this territory is found a very old city called Shas (Svatsh) were the footsteps of all 365 churches are seen 15 miles from Ulqin.

And in this manuscript, is also written “near the city are the lake, caves, water source, Lisnj mountain, Shas levee and gates where the Caesarea captain died, dreadfully fighting against....

Churches that are visible now there are only eight, among which two can be regarded as monumental, although they were ruined.

If underwater research could be done, it would be found more of monuments. During the summer, when the level of water in Lake Shasi is very low, it can be seen parts of old residential houses.

Unique St. Paul Baptist image as a guardian of the city is also immortalized in numismatics, because they made their own coins which held the inscription "Suacium".

Many other remains of this medieval city were found in rocks, some remaining parts of the castle also, but this ancient heritage city is still unexplored.


Money from the 15th century

Where is presented this fortress on three floors, all in Renaissance forms.

The Church of St. John

The Church of St. John (Kisha e Shën Gjonit / Crkva Svetog Jovana) was built inside the fortress somewhere in the XIII century.

The Church of St. Mary

The Church of St. Mary (Kisha e Shen Mrise / Crkva Svete Marije) was built in the XIV century outside the fortress, towards the North-East.

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