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Afganistan, Balkh1738 viewsThe walls of Balkh, Afganistan3 commentsJoe Sermarini
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Bulgaria, Anchialos (Pomorie) Thracian Tomb62 viewsPomorie's ancient Thracian tombJoe Sermarini
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Bulgaria, Varna - Odessos, Thrace Roman Baths61 viewsOdessus, Thrace, first included into the Roman Praefectura orae maritimae and then in 15 CE annexed to the province of Moesia (later Moesia Inferior), covered 47 hectares in present-day central Varna and had prominent public baths, Thermae, erected in the late 2nd century AD, now the largest Roman remains in Bulgaria (the building was 100 m (328.08 ft) wide, 70 m (229.66 ft) long, and 25 m (82.02 ft) high) and fourth-largest known Roman baths in Europe. Joe Sermarini
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Caesarea Maritima - Herod's Hippodrome101 viewsLloyd
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Caesarea Maritima - Herod's Palace Poolside63 viewsLloyd
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Caesarea Maritima - Herod's Pool63 viewsLloyd
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Caesarea Maritima - the less desirable view south from Herod's Palace93 viewsDog's in the palace pool and now this. How the mighty have fallen!Lloyd
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Caesarea Maritima - the sweet view from Herod's Palace52 viewsLloyd
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Caesearea Maritima Hippodrome - Tsunami Deposit83 viewsThe light coloured, upward fining, middle layer is a tsumai deposit preserved in the this overburden remnant in the excavated hippodrome at Caesarea Maritima.Lloyd
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China, Great Wall694 viewsIt's a wall and its great, what more do I need to say :) - Bolayi1 commentsBolayi
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China, Great Wall608 viewsMutianyu Great Wall located in Huairou County, Beijing. Built on older pre-existing walls during the Ming Dynasty.Bolayi
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Cilicia, Olba, Temple of Zeus63 viewsPhoto by Klaus-Peter Simon 1995. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olba_(ancient_city)Joe Sermarini
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Croatia, Pula - Chapel of St. Maria Formosa149 viewsThree naived basilica from the 6th century ADLegatus
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Croatia, Pula - Colloseum112 viewsLegatus
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Croatia, Pula - Colloseum119 viewsLegatus
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Croatia, Pula - Colloseum99 viewsReferred to as the amphitheatre by the locals. Started by Augustus, enlarged by Claudius, and finished by the FlaviansLegatus
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Croatia, Pula - Floor Mosaic116 viewsAll that remains is a floor mosaic depicting the Punishment of Dirce.Legatus
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Croatia, Pula - Temple of Augustus140 viewsDedicated to Augustus, the first Roman emperor.Legatus
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Croatia, Pula - Temple of Augustus110 viewsDedicated to Augustus, the first Roman emperor, this temple is exquisitely harmonious. With the spread of Christianity, the temple became a church and then a granary! Now it hosts a collection of Roman sculptureLegatus
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Croatia, Pula - Triumphal Arch of Sergius100 viewsTriumphal Arch of Sergius was built in 27BC to commemorate the Sergius family who were a powerful clan at the time. Now it forms an impressive entranceway to Pula's old town.Legatus
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Croatia, Pula - Twin Gate87 viewsLegatus
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Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace172 viewsDiocletian's palace is historical centre of Split - Croatia.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - Cathedral of St. Domnius (St. Duje)165 viewsCathedral of St. Duje is build over Diocletian's mausoleum.Johny SYSEL
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Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - peristyle182 viewspart of cathedrale of St. Duje in the left upper cornerJohny SYSEL
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Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - peristyle - sphinx223 viewsDiocletian's palace is historical centre of Split - Croatia.Johny SYSEL
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Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - silver gate239 viewseast gate leading to the centre of Split.Johny SYSEL
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Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - temple of Jupiter128 viewslater converted to babtisteryJohny SYSEL
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Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace, basement161 viewsRomans who escaped from near Salona in 7th century reocupied Diocletian's palace. They lived in higher floors above basement. These rooms was gradually filled by garbage through holes in ceiling so basment remained preserved until these days. Johny SYSEL
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Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace, basement127 viewsRomans who escaped from near Salona in 7th century reocupied Diocletian's palace. They lived in higher floors above basement. These rooms was gradually filled by garbage through holes in ceiling so basment remained preserved until these days. Johny SYSEL
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Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace, temple of Jupiter119 viewsinterior with modern statue
Temple was converted to babtistery later.
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Croatia, Split - Salona - Amphitheatre154 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Cyprus - Paphos - tomb193 viewsTombs were built between 400 BC and 300 AD.Johny SYSEL
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Cyprus, Pafos, Roman Mosaic in "The House of the Century"963 viewsMosaic in "The House of the Century"1 commentsJeroen
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Cyprus, Pafos, Roman Mosaic in "The House of the Century" (Detail)691 viewsDetailJeroen
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Cyprus, Paphos - theatre153 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Cyprus, Paphos - tomb174 viewsTombs were built between 400 BC and 300 AD.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Czech Republic, Morava 111 viewshypocaustum at roman military camp - times of Marcomannic WarsBohemian
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Egypt, Babylon94 viewsThis elegant red and white banded brickwork is about all that remains on the surface to mark the Roman fortress of ‘Babylon in Egypt’. The Roman structure was started during the reign of Trajan on the site of an earlier Egyptian stronghold which marked the border between Lower and Middle Egypt. The fortress remained an important strategic outpost down through Byzantine times. In the fifth century the Legio XIII Gemina was stationed here. During the Arab conquest of Egypt in 640/1, Babylon endured a seven month siege before its capture.

These days most of the extensive Babylon complex lies buried under the streets of the Christian quarter of Old Cairo. The nearby medieval Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary is popularly known as the ‘Hanging Church’ because its nave was built suspended over two towers of the Roman fort.
1 commentsAbu Galyon
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Egypt, Cairo - Nilometer95 viewsThis octagonal pillar is the only surviving Nilometer in Cairo, tucked away in a kiosk on the island of Roda, in the middle of the Nile. When in use, the height of water in the pit measured the annual flooding of the river. In an ideal year the water would rise to the 16th of the marked divisions (each one cubit, approximately 52cm) decorating the column.

The Nilometer is an attribute of the titular river god, Nilus (equivalent to the Egyptian deity, Hapy), and often features on coin reverses depicting Nilus.

The surrounding structure is itself of architectural significance and dates to 861 CE. Which means those pointed arches set into the walls predate the European Gothic style by around 250 years – they could be the earliest pointed arches anywhere in the world.
1 commentsAbu Galyon
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England, Colchester, Balkerne Gate10 viewsBalkerne Gate, Colchester. The largest Roman arch in Britain. Colchester and its wall were rebuilt by the Romans after Queen Boudica led a rebellion in AD 60 and detroyed the town. Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camulodunum1 commentsJoe Sermarini
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France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - Bridge over Vidourle river.497 viewsUsed to have eleven arches and still used untill the middle ages. From this bridge the via Domitia goes upwards to the settlement1 commentsBohemond
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France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.382 viewsVia Domitia going downhill towards the bridgeBohemond
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France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.419 viewsSee those wagontracks as road goes upwards from the bridge towards the settlement on the top of the hillBohemond
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France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.433 viewsVia Domitia winding its way uphillBohemond
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France, Arles - Arena138 viewsvacationchick
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France, Arles - Arena113 viewsArles Arenavacationchick
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France, Arles - The Baths of Constantine113 viewsArles: The Baths of Constantinevacationchick
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France, Arles - The Baths of Constantine114 viewsArles: The Baths of Constantinevacationchick
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France, Arles - Theatre102 viewsArles Theatrevacationchick
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France, Arles, Aquaduct175 viewsvacationchick
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France, Glanum - Temple90 viewsThe remains of a temple in the ancient city of Glanum (Saint-Rémy-en-Provence). Note the fine acroterion! Syltorian
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France, Glanum - Tomb Monument120 viewsOutside the walls of Glanum (now Saint-Rémy-en-Provence) stands this wonderful monument. It was erected sometime between 30-20 B.C. The inscription reads: SEX(tus) M(arcus) L(ucius) IVLIEI C(aii) •F(ilii) PARENTIBVS SVEIS (Sextus, Marcus and Lucius Iulius, sons of Caius, to their parents), and shows interesting battle scenes.
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France, La Turbie - Trophée des Alpes92 viewsThis Augustan trophy towers over the French Riviera and Monaco. It celebrates Augustus' pacification of the Alps and his victory over 45 tribes. (also mentioned by Pliny, Nat. Hist. III,136-137) Pity about the rainy weather when this photograph was taken.
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France, Nemausus - Amphitheatre97 viewsThe Roman amphitheatre of the Colonia Nemausus still stands. On the top, holed stones for holding the velum can be seen. The "Arènes" are still in use today, mainly for bull fights as the more modern statue in front shows. Syltorian
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France, Nemausus - Bollard108 viewsNîmes was founded by Augustus, with veterans from his Egyptian campaigns. The coin-type with the crocodile chained to a palm is famous, and still used by Nîmes as its coat of arms today. Here it appears on one of the (modern) bollards set up around the ancient amphitheatre.1 commentsSyltorian
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France, Nemausus - Crocodile Fountain89 viewsThis fountain is not ancient, but represents the famous coin-type of the ancient city of Nemausus, showing a crocodile chained to a palm-tree. Syltorian
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France, Nemausus - Relief on the Amphitheatre128 viewsThis relief is found above one of the arches of the ancient amphitheatre of Nemausus. It's rather worn, but two gladiators can still be seen. Syltorian
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France, Nemausus - Tour Magne81 viewsPart of the city walls of Nemausus, this is a massive Roman watch-tower with an octagonal base and a round top, it's 32 meters high now, and had another 4 meters in ancient times. Syltorian
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France, Nimes - Arena62 viewsNimes Arenavacationchick
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France, Nimes - Arena68 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - Arena72 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - Arena museum69 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - Jardins de la Fontaine56 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - Jardins de la Fontaine55 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - Jardins de la Fontaine55 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - Roman tower81 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - temple86 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - temple54 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - temple56 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - Temple of Diane56 viewsvacationchick
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France, Nimes - The Castellum55 viewsThis is the end point for the aquaduct that crossed the Pont du Gard. From here water was distributed to public fountains, monuments and different areas of the city via lead pipes.vacationchick
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France, Orange - Triumphal Arch89 viewsIt was built on the former via Agrippa to honor the veterans of the Gallic Wars and Legio II Augusta. It was later reconstructed by emperor Tiberius to celebrate the victories of Germanicus over the German tribes in Rhineland.pax
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France, Pont du Gard - aqueduct70 viewsvacationchick
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France, Pont du Gard - aqueduct61 viewsvacationchick
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France, Sommiéres - Roman bridge424 views17 arch bridge built on orders of Tiberius to cross the river Vidourle and enable to connect Nemausis ( Nîmes ) with Tolosa ( Toulouse ).Bohemond
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France, Sommiéres - Roman Bridge361 views17 arch bridge built on orders of Tiberius to cross the river Vidourle and enable to connect Nemausis ( Nîmes ) with Tolosa ( Toulouse ).Bohemond
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France, St Romain en Gal65 viewsmosaicvacationchick
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France, St Romain-en-Gal78 viewsmosaicvacationchick
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France, St Romain-en-Gal77 viewsmosaicvacationchick
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France, St Romain-en-Gal70 viewshousesvacationchick
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France, St Romain-en-Gal79 viewsfrescoes and mosaicsvacationchick
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France, St Romain-en-Gal68 viewsstatuevacationchick
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France, St Romain-en-Gal78 viewsroad... did it lead to Rome?vacationchick
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France, St Romain-en-Gal66 viewsmosaics and pillarsvacationchick
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France, St Romain-en-Gal67 viewsmosaicvacationchick
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France, St Romain-en-Gal74 viewsmosaicsvacationchick
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France, St Romain-en-Gal - public toilet72 viewspublic toiletvacationchick
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France, Vienne73 viewsarchesvacationchick
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Germany, Trier - Amphitheater334 viewsUnder the ArenaW. Kutschenko
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Germany, Trier - Amphitheater287 viewsThe way into arenaW. Kutschenko
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Germany, Trier - Amphitheater328 viewsThe arena, built in the 2nd century A.D. for cruel games with gladiators and animals, had a seating capacity of about 20,000. W. Kutschenko
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Germany, Trier - Amphitheater297 viewsthe entranceW. Kutschenko
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Germany, Trier - Basilika271 viewsLater on, the archbishop used it as his administrative center and it was enlarged by three palace wings after 1614W. Kutschenko
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Germany, Trier - Basilika293 viewsUnbelievable size: 27 m (90 ft) wide, 33 m (108 ft) high, and 67 m (220 ft) long - with an adjoining hall outside even 75 m (250 ft).W. Kutschenko
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Germany, Trier - Basilika311 viewsThe so-called Basilika, Constantine's throne room, is the largest surviving single-room structure from Roman times. The Romans wanted the architecture to express the magnificence and might of the emperor.
It is used as a church now.
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Germany, Trier - Imperial baths283 viewsGoing to the baths was an important part of Roman life: Over 1600 years ago, the Romans built one of the grandest and most impressive baths in the world: the Imperial Baths. W. Kutschenko
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Germany, Trier - Porta Nigra325 viewsThe gate dates back to a time (about A.D. 180) when the Romans often erected public buildings of huge stone blocks (here, the biggest weigh up to six metric tons).W. Kutschenko
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Germany, Trier - Porta Nigra280 viewsthe other side of the gateW. Kutschenko
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Greece, Athens - Acropolis, Parthenon, Slab of the North Parthenon Frieze468 views
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Greece, Athens - Acropolis, The Erectheum631 views
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Greece, Athens - Entrance to the Athens Numismatic Museum490 viewsThe former mansion of noted amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. What was inside those doors was truly marvelous.1 commentsmemphius
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Greece, Athens - Odeon of Herodes Atticus346 viewsBuilt in 161 AD1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Athens - Parthenon272 viewsTemple of Athena built by Perikles.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Athens - Temple of Hephaestus and Athena Ergane299 viewsalso Theseion
Temple was used as church in christian times.
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Greece, Athens - Temple of Olympian Zeus184 viewscompleted by HadrianusJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Athens - The Gate of Schliemann's House - Athens83 viewsNot exactly an ancient site but as the home of the Greek Numismatic Museum it houses one of the great collections of ancient coins .... a must see on any visit to Athens.

This is photo is of one of the wrought iron gates of Schliemann’s Athenian mansion constructed in 1878/9. The swastika motif derives from his Trojan excavations and borders a design of winged sphinxes and acanthus leaves capped by an owl with spread wings.
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Greece, Athens - The Temple of Olympian Zeus 75 viewsLloyd T
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Greece, Athens - Theatre of Dionysus172 views17000 spectratorsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Athens - tower of the Winds193 viewson the Roman agora,
built in 50 BC - maybe earlier
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Greece, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, East Front of the Parthenon Restored and Dissected584 viewsJoe Sermarini
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Greece, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, North West Corner of the Parthenon544 views1 comments
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Greece, Athens, The Acropolis from the Pnyx.60 viewsThe Pnyx, the home of democracy is the sloping area in the foreground, while the Acropolis dominates the background. Here assembled the Athenian citizen body to hear the great Athenian masters of rhetoric and to cast their votes on the most momentous decisions in the history of ancient Athens. The speaker's platform cut from the rear bedrock face of the Pnyx is to be seen in the centre right. As seen here the remains of the Pynx date from its third and final phase of development in the mid-fourth century BC when it was greatly expanded to accommodate the growing citizen body.Lloyd
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Greece, Athens, The Approach to the Pynx from the Agora56 viewsThe home of democracy, the Pnyx was rebuilt and expanded in the 3rd quarter of the 4th century B.C., probably around 345-335 B.C. A massive, curved, retaining wall was built, as seen in this image. The steps of the old walkway from the Agora are visible and overbuilt by the retaining wall. Great Athenians such as Themistocles, Pericles and Socrates would have walked this path and steps in the heady days of the zenith Athenian democracy. 1 commentsLloyd
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Greece, Athens, The Pnyx - outer stone retaining wall.51 viewsThe home of democracy, the Pnyx was rebuilt and expanded in the 3rd quarter of the 4th century B.C., probably around 345-335 B.C. A massive, curved, retaining wall was built, as seen in this image. The steps of the old walkway from the Agora are visible and overbuilt by the retaining wall. Great Athenians such as Themistocles, Pericles and Socrates wolud have walked ths path and steps in the heady days of the zenith Athenian democracy. 1 commentsLloyd
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Greece, Bassae - Temple of Apollo Epikuros265 viewsbuilt 450 - 400 BC
designed by Iktinos - architect of the Temple of Hephaestus and the Parthenon
!!! There is the earliest example of Corinthian capital. Corinthian capital is in interior, exterior is built in Doric style.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassae
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Greece, Cape Sounion - The Temple of Poseidon112 viewsAccording to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea.1 commentsLloyd T
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Greece, Corinth88 viewsApril 2011pitbull
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Greece, Corinth -- April 201178 viewspitbull
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Greece, Corinth - Peirene fountain - Acrocorinth in the background141 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Corinth - temlpe of Apollo - Acrocorinth in the background167 viewsCorinth was completely destroyed by Romans in 146 BC - except this temple. Romans built new Corinth 100 years later.Johny SYSEL
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Greece, Crete - Phaistos136 viewsMinoan palaceJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Crete, Knossos - palace117 viewscenter of Minoan culture - the first civilization in Europe
Old palace is from 19th to 16th centuries BC
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Greece, Crete, Knossos - palace115 viewscenter of Minoan culture - the first civilization in Europe
Old palace is from 19th to 16th centuries BC
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Greece, Delos - an altar82 viewsLloyd T
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Greece, Delos - detail of the ancient pathway to Mt Kinthos88 viewsLloyd T
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Greece, Delos - from the summit of Mt Kinthos117 viewsAt its peak in the second century BC up to 10,000 slaves per day were trafficked through the slave market at Delos which was focused on the commercial port area to the left of center in the middle distance of this image.Lloyd T
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Greece, Delos - Grotto of Hercules94 viewsTo be found at the foot of the approach of Mt Kinthos.Lloyd T
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Greece, Delos - household well81 viewsWater supply was a problem on the dry island of Delos. The solution was found in a mix of cisterns and wells. Cisterns retained the water from the sparse winter rains, while small wells are to be found frequently in residences as illustrated by this example.Lloyd T
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Greece, Delos - Maritime Quarter Streetscape88 viewsLloyd T
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Greece, Delos - Mosaic Floor in the Maritime Quarter92 viewsInterestingly this mosaic floor features the symbol of Tanit a Carthaginian goddess.Lloyd T
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Greece, Delos - On the Ascent of Mt Kinthos78 viewsLloyd T
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Greece, Delos - On the Ascent to the Summit of Mt Kinthos72 viewsThis sort of material is to be found everywhere on the site of ancient Delos.Lloyd T
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Greece, Delos - Temple of Issis97 viewsThe Cycladic island of Delos was revered in antiquity as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. During the early Classical era it was a sacred religious precinct dedicated to the worship of these gods. In the late fifth century BC, at the peak of its role as a religious sanctuary, neither birth nor death was permitted to occur on the island. However, commercial imperatives were soon to over ride this religious taboo. Delos occupied a central position with respect to the trade routes of the Mediterranean, so that by the late 3rd century BC commercial activity overtook its role as a religious sanctuary. The sacred character of the island dissipated, displaced by a cosmopolitan trading centre. By the 2nd century BC it had evolved to become the centre of the Mediterranean slave trade. Strabo recorded that up to 10,000 people per day were trafficked through its slave market. This role continued into the early Roman era, until in 88 BC Mithradates VI, King of Pontus, decimated the population in an attack on the island. In 69 BC the pirates of Athenodoros destroyed what remained of the commercial centre of Delos and it fell into decline, to be effectively abandoned by the 6th century AD.Lloyd T
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Greece, Delos - the ancient theatre67 viewsLloyd T
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Greece, Delos - Wall in the Maritime Quarter110 viewsRemnant plasterwork and painting illustrates how the coarse stone walls were finished in the residential area that is the Maritime Quarter.1 commentsLloyd T
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Greece, Delos water cistern94 viewsWater supply was a problem on the dry island of Delos. The solution was found in a mix of cisterns and wells. Cisterns retained the water from the sparse winter rains, while small wells are to be found frequently in residences.Lloyd T
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Greece, Delphi - Ionian column and treasure of Athens141 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Delphi - overlooking the Temple of Apollo92 views1 commentsLloyd T
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Greece, Delphi - Profile of the Charioteer of Delphi116 viewsDating from the early fifth century BC, this is one of the most hauntingly beautiful works of art. It still speaks after 2,500 years.2 commentsLloyd T
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Greece, Delphi - temple of Apollo169 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Delphi - The Charioteer of Delphi90 viewsThe life-size statue of a chariot driver was found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. It is now in the Delphi Archaeological Museum.

The statue was erected at Delphi in 474 BC, to commemorate the victory of a chariot team in the Pythian Games, which were held at Delphi every four years in honor of Pythean Apollo.

The beauty of this work is breathtaking.
1 commentsLloyd T
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Greece, Delphi - The Charioteer of Delphi72 viewsThe life-size statue of a chariot driver was found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. It is now in the Delphi Archaeological Museum.

The statue was erected at Delphi in 474 BC, to commemorate the victory of a chariot team in the Pythian Games, which were held at Delphi every four years in honor of Pythean Apollo.
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Greece, Delphi - The Head of the Charioteer of Delphi83 viewsThe life-size statue of a chariot driver was found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. It is now in the Delphi Archaeological Museum.

The statue was erected at Delphi in 474 BC, to commemorate the victory of a chariot team in the Pythian Games, which were held at Delphi every four years in honor of Pythean Apollo.
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Greece, Delphi - The Stadium at Delphi76 viewsLooking from the marker at the farthest end from the starting line.Lloyd T
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Greece, Delphi - The Temple of Apollo at Delphi78 viewsLloyd T
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Greece, Delphi - The Theatre at Delphi overlooking the Temple of Apollo with the Treasury of the Athenians in the background72 viewsLloyd T
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Greece, Delphi - theatre188 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Delphi - tholos172 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Didyma, The ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma57 viewshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didyma2 commentsJoe Sermarini
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Greece, Epidaurus - theatre145 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Gortys (Peloponnese Arcadia) - sanctuary of Asclepius186 viewsGortys lost its influence after foundation of Megalopolis in 371 BC.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Kos - agora108 viewsKos is place where Hippocrates (father of medicine) was born.Johny SYSEL
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Greece, Kos - Asclepieion101 viewsparts of column, temple in the back ground.
Kos is place where Hippocrates (father of medicine) was born.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepieion
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Greece, Kos - Asclepieion - mosaique of Satyr?90 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Messene - ancient spring88 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Messene - Arcadian gate96 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Messene - Ekklesiasterion112 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Messene - Stadium103 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Messene - Stadium - "VIP sector"87 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Messene - Stadium - votiv column84 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Messene - theatre88 viewsentrance to koilon - auditoriumJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Mycenae - Lion gate87 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Mycenae - The Lion Gate127 viewsI waited a long time for this shot, the nanosecond when any one of the thousands of visitors swarming over the site wasn't visible in the frame. Sometimes you get lucky!2 commentsLloyd T
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Greece, Mycenae - tomb of Klytaimnéstra79 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Mycenian bridge93 viewsbetween Nafplio and EpidaurusJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Olympia - Entrence to Olypmic stadium75 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Olympia - Epigraphy62 viewsTo be found on the approach to the ancient Olympic stadium.Lloyd T
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Greece, Olympia - epigraphy63 viewsTo be found on the approach to the ancient Olympic stadium.Lloyd T
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Greece, Olympia - In the Stadium at Olympia59 viewsThe winner of the 2006 Ride on Mower final crosses the line in the stadium.Lloyd T
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Greece, Olympia - start line at Olympic stadium82 viewsgrooves hold Athlets' toes during startJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Olympia - temple of Hera79 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Olympia - Temple of Hera65 viewsLloyd T
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Greece, Olympia - Temple of Zeus fallen columns70 viewsLloyd T
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Greece, Olympia - tholos69 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Olympia in Spring92 viewsA magical site at any time, but resplendent in Spring!1 commentsLloyd T
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Greece, Philippi82 viewsPhilippi is site of famous battle. Marcus Antonius and Octavius defeated Brutus and Cassius.
Philippi is also the first place in Europe where St. Paul evangelized. He was kept in prison there too.
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Greece, Rhodes33 viewssteps to the Acropolis of Lindos on RhodesFranz-Josef M
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Greece, Rhodes44 viewsView on the acropolis of LindosFranz-Josef M
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Greece, Rhodes40 viewsship carved in the rock on the acropolis of LindosFranz-Josef M
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Greece, Rhodes Acropolis of Lindos44 viewsIn the background you can see the steep steps of medieval time.Franz-Josef M
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Greece, Rhodes grave of Kleobulos44 viewsHellenistic grave - it was named after one of the seven wise man, Kleobulos who lived in Lindos.Franz-Josef M
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Greece, Rhodes grave of Kleobulos 37 viewsThe grave was used as a chapel in the medievalFranz-Josef M
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Greece, Rhodes Lindos 32 viewsLindos Acropolis and villageFranz-Josef M
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Greece, Rhodes Lindos36 viewsRestored Stoa on the acropolis of LindosFranz-Josef M
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Greece, Rhodes Lindos inscription 29 viewsFranz-Josef M
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Greece, Rhodes plan of Lindos36 views1 semicircular exedra
2 relief of a ship
3 medieval stairway
4 medieval headquarter building
5 Byzantine church
6 hellenistic vaults
7 roman temple
8 late hellenistic stairway
9 hellenistic stoa
10 propylaion stairway
11 propylaion
12 temple of athena lindos
13 portico of Psithyros
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Greece, Sounion - The Temple of Poseidon83 viewsNot so ancient graffiti!1 commentsLloyd T
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Greece, Thasos - agora71 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Thasos - theatre88 viewsphoto was taken in 2000
now theatre is reconstructed :-(
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Greece, Thera - Akrotiri 68 viewsMinoan settelment was destroyed by the great Thera eruption around 1628 BC which caused the end of Neopalatial period on Crete. People managed to evacuate Thera before eruption unlike Pompeii but probably they were killed by tsunami on Crete coast.

wikipedia:"Minoans possessed advanced engineering knowledge enabling the construction of three- and four-story buildings with intricate water piping systems, advanced air-flow management, and earthquake-resistant wood and masonry walls."
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Greece, Thera - Akrotiri 114 viewsMinoan settelment destroyed by the great Thera eruption around 1628 BC which caused the end of Neopalatial period on Crete. Thera could be mythical Atlantis.2 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius219 viewsBohemond
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Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius242 viewsBohemond
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Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius242 viewsBohemond
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Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius249 viewsBohemond
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Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius236 viewsBohemond
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Greece, Tiryns88 viewsTiryns reached its height between 1400 and 1200 BC.
Tiryns is famous for its cyclopean tunnels and especially its walls.
Walls of Tiryns are first referenced by Homer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiryns
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Hadrian's Gate in Antalya26 viewsHadrian's Gate in Antalya
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannibal49 viewsA marble bust, reputedly of Hannibal, originally found at the ancient city-state of Capua in Italy (some historians are uncertain of the authenticity of the portrait).
Born 247 BC
Died 183, 182 or 181 BC (aged 64-66) Gebze, Turkey
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Israel - Bar'am Synagogue217 viewsThis is one of the oldest synagogues in all of Israel.aarmale
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Israel, Caesarea672 viewsThe ancient Roman port of Caesarea Maritima in Judaea (now Israel). This port was built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BCE. The view is of a portion of the aquaduct that brought water from the Carmel, just south of Haifa.2 commentsDaniel Friedman
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Israel, Caesarea Maritima 54 viewsThe view north from Herod's Palace, looking over the hippodrome to the ancient port area beyond the distant headland.1 commentsLloyd
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Israel, Caesarea Maritima - Amphitheatre188 views‘Amphitheatre’ is how Josephus describes this structure (Antiquities 15.341). It was designed to be suitable for races, athletics, and probably more violent entertainments. It measures about 50 x 290 m. Nearby in the city there is a more traditional semi-circular Roman amphitheatre. And a larger (90 x 450 m) hippodrome for chariot racing was built subsequently, probably at the time of Hadrian. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Caesarea Maritima - Herod's Villa197 viewsAnother of Herod the Great's many residences.
This one is by the seaside.
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Israel, Gezer - Bronze Age city walls424 viewsThese are the Bronze Age city walls of the Canaanite city of Gezer. It is near this town that the battle took place where Joshua is said to have held the sun and the moon still. The Canaanites held off the attacks by the tribe of Dan until the reign of Solomon.
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Israel, Gezer - six chambered gate built by Solomon417 viewsThe Canaanite town was supposedly conquered by an Egyptian pharaoh and given to Solomon as a dowry for his daughter. Solomon then rebuilt and fortified the city, including this six chambered gate, dating from the 10th century. The chambers were to be packed with soldiers, so if enemies forced their way through the gate, they would be surrounded by soldiers on all sides.
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Israel, Herodion96 viewsThe Herodion (Har Hordos) was Herod the Great’s summer palace near Jerusalem and – according to Josephus – the place of his burial. (A possible royal sarcophagus was discovered in 2007 but the identification with Herod is not certain.) There are two distinct parts: the Upper Herodion, a fortress complex set within a mountain top, and the Lower Herodion, the palace proper with several ancillary buildings (bath house, stadium, etc.) In the photograph, the Upper Herodion hill dominates the background, while the foreground shows part of a substantial colonnaded pool (70m x 45m) with a gazebo-like structure set at its centre. The area now in use as a car park would have been a formal garden in Herod’s day. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Jericho - Herod's Palace86 viewsThe ruins at Tulul Abu el-Alaiq, site of Herod the Great’s winter retreat on the outskirts of Jericho. Jericho is over 300m below sea level and hence pleasantly warm in winter, even when it's freezing in Jerusalem. Around 35 BCE, Aristobulus, the last Hasmonaean high-priest and Herod’s brother-in-law, was murdered here on Herod’s orders, drowned in a fish pond. The palace and grounds extended across the Wadi Qilt (the seasonal river-bed in the foreground of the picture), which was spanned by a bridge. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Jerusalem - Kidron Valley (1)57 viewsThis curious structure is known in Arabic as Tantour Faroun (‘Pharaoh’s Hat’). In fact it’s a funerary monument (nefesh) marking the entrance to a substantial catacomb with eight burial chambers cut into the cliff behind. It probably dates from the reign of Herod the Great. In guidebooks it’s sometimes marked as the ‘Tomb of Absalom’, but the legend that this is the tomb of David’s rebellious son is a medieval fantasy. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Jerusalem - Kidron Valley (2)59 viewsAnother Kidron valley tomb complex (about 60m south of Tantour Faroun). Jewish pilgrims called this the ‘Tomb of Zechariah’, while the Christian pious associated it with their own early martyrs, notably St. James. In fact, an inscription shows that this was the burial place of the priestly Bene Hezir family, who get a passing mention in the Bible (1 Chronicles 24:15). The nefesh with a pyramidal top marks the entrance to a passage ascending into the cliff on the left. The actual burial chambers (four of them) lie in the area behind the Doric-columned façade. The complex dates from the later second-century BC. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Jerusalem - Western Wall and Dome of the Rock1481 viewsThe first century BCE western retaining wall of the Second Jewish Temple, directly in front of the 8th century Dome of the Rock. Friday evening at sunset (beginning of Shabbat).
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Israel, Masada323 viewsThe ancient fortress in the Judaean desert built by Herod the Great in the first century BCE, it was the last stronghold of a small group of zealots against Rome in the year 73 CE. The view is from the top of the fortress, looing down on the remains of the ancient roman encampment.1 commentsDaniel Friedman
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Israel, Masada31 viewsAtop Masada, the Dead Sea and the shores of Jordan in the distant haze.Lloyd
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Israel, Masada - Looking Down the Roman Seige Ramp42 viewsIndustrious bunch those Romans!Lloyd
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Israel, Masada - pile of ancient catapult projectiles - Ouch!52 views1 commentsLloyd
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Israel, Masada - Remains of a Roman Seige Encampment70 viewsLloyd
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Israel, Masada - Roman Encampment and Seige Ramp38 viewsLooking down on the stone wall outlines of one of the Roman encampments (middle upper right) that surrounded the fortress of Masada (another of Herod's Palaces in its glory days). The Roman seige ramp is to the lower left.Lloyd
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Israel, Masada - The room in which lots were drawn52 viewsIn this space during archaeological excavations were found eleven ostroca bearing names in Aramaic script. One of eleven inscribed potsherds (ostraca) containing single names, bears in Aramaic script the name ben Ya’ir, undoubtedly Eleazar ben Ya’ir, leader of Masada’s defenders. The historian Josephus relates that when defense against the Romans seemed hopeless, the men at Masada cast lots to decide the order in which they and their families would commit suicide.

Based on the archaeological evidence it is likely that this was the space in which the lots were drawn and the fateful determinations made.
1 commentsLloyd
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Israel, Masada - Walls and Roman Seige Ramp in side view35 viewsLloyd
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Israel, Masada - Walls facing the Roman Seige Ramp25 viewsLloyd
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Israel, Nazareth - Rolling Stone Tomb74 viewsA really well-preserved example of a Jewish rolling-stone tomb. This one is part of a small necropolis which was found underneath the Convent of the Sisters of Nazareth, only a stone’s throw away from the Basilica of the Annunciation. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Qumran - Cave 494 viewsCave 4 was the nearest cave containing documents to the site at Qumran - it’s only about 500 metres away. Most visitors to Qumran take a picture like this one. But mostly they don’t realise that the highly visible cave entrance in their picture is modern, knocked into the side by looters. The ancient entrance to Cave 4 is on the top and well-hidden. Which is perhaps why Cave 4 was found by the local Bedouin, not by Western archaeologists, and why it wasn’t discovered until 1952, over five years after the original manuscript finds of 1946/7. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Qumran - Miqvah62 viewsThis is L48-49, a water storage feature. The low, plastered partitions on the steps make it likely that this was a miqvah (a ritual bath), rather than a cistern. The damage on the left side of the steps dates from the earthquake of 31 BCE. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Qumran - Refectory63 viewsThe ‘Refectory’ (L77) is the largest room at Qumran. A smaller connecting space (L86) nearby contained a huge cache of pottery plates, bowls, and cups. Hence, de Vaux argued that L77 was probably the community’s communal dining room. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Qumran - Scriptorium54 viewsL30. From the fill of this room (which came from a collapsed upper level) de Vaux recovered two inkwells and the remains of what appeared to be a long, narrow plastered table (about 480 cm x 40 cm). Another inkwell was found in an adjacent locus. He conjectured that L30 could have been the community’s ‘scriptorium’, a room for copying manuscripts. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Qumran - Tower104 viewsThe remains of the tower at Qumran. The tower is set in the middle of the north side and has a natural function as an observation or guard tower: north looks towards Jericho, and that would be the natural direction from which travellers would approach the settlement. There is no access to the tower at ground level; instead people would have entered higher up, after climbing a flight of stone steps fixed to the south-side exterior wall. Abu Galyon
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Israel, Sepphoris - 'Mona Lisa' Mosaic94 viewsPart of a Roman mosaic, usually dated to the early 3rd-century CE, from the dining room floor of a mansion in the upper town at Sepphoris. When it was first excavated, the Israeli press named it 'the Mona Lisa of the Galilee'. Over-hype, maybe, but it is certainly attractive.Abu Galyon
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Israel, The Herodium30 viewsThe Herodium, 12 km south of Jerusalem, the site of one of Herod's residences and the location of his tomb. The buildings mid-slope to the left of centre are the site of the excavation of Herod's tomb.Lloyd
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Israel, The Herodium - Summit Interior View36 viewsLloyd
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Israel, The Herodium - Water Cistern26 viewsLloyd
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Israel, The Herodium Pool Complex25 viewsLloyd
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Israel, The Herodium Theatre36 viewsThe Herodium theatre immediately downslope of Herod's tomb. Sadly it was from this point that Ehud Netzer, the discoverer of Herod's tomb fell to his death in 2010, three years after his epic discovery.Lloyd
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Israel, Tzipporri - Tzipporri Mosaic90 viewsA mosaic found in Tzipporri, Israel.aarmale
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Italy Paestum - Temple of Apollo86 viewsFirstly it was thought it's temple of Poseidon, then it's the second temple of Hera and now it's thought it's temle of Apollo. But somewhen temple was used as temple of Poseidon and somewhen as temple of Hera.
Who knows how many times temple will change deity in future.

temple was built +- 450 BC
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Italy Paestum - Temple of Athena60 viewsgreek colony Poseidonia
built +- 500 BC
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Italy Paestum - Temple of Athena58 viewsgreek colony Poseidonia
built +- 500 BC

this temple was used as church but temple of Apollo and Hera weren't.
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Italy, Aquileia - basilica90 viewsBasilica is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Saints Hermagora and Fortunatus and was built in the first half of the 11th century by Patriarch Poppo in Romanesque style. Upper parts and roof were built by Markward von Randeck in 14th-15th century in Gothic style.
Mosaics from 4th century were hidden under the floor until 1909.
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Italy, Aquileia - forum78 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor87 viewsJonas swallowed by sea monster
Post-Theodorian South hall (end of 4th century)
Mosaics were originally part of Theodorian complex destroyed by Attila. Basilica was built on its site in 1031 and mosaics remained untouched under the floor.
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Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor96 viewsPost-Theodorian South hall (end of 4th century)
Mosaics were originally part of Theodorian complex destroyed by Attila. Basilica was built on its site in 1031 and mosaics remained untouched under the floor.
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Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor80 viewsscene of the Good Shepherd with the Mystic Flock
Christ is portrayed as a beardless young man bearing the lost lamb upon his shoulders. In one hand he holds the syrinx, symbol of the gentless he takes cere of his flock with.
Post-Theodorian South hall (end of 4th century)
Mosaics were originally part of Theodorian complex destroyed by Attila. Basilica was built on its site in 1031 and mosaics remained untouched under the floor.
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Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor76 viewsFishing scene describes the preaching of the Apostles ("Follow me and I will make you fishers of men":Matthew 4,19). The fishes represent the people listening to the good news, the boat is symbol of the church, the net represents the kingdom of heaven ("The kingdom of heaven is like big net that was cast into the sea...": Matthew 13,47).
Post-Theodorian South hall (end of 4th century)
Mosaics were originally part of Theodorian complex destroyed by Attila. Basilica was built on its site in 1031 and mosaics remained untouched under the floor.
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Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor86 viewsRam and battle between Cock and Tortoise. The Cock is symbol of the light of a new day, thus representing Christ, the "light of the world". The tortoise, whose Greek name means "dweller of the darkness", is instead of the symbol of Evil.
Post-Theodorian North hall (middle of the 4th century)
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Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor99 viewsPost-Theodorian North hall (middle of the 4th century)Johny SYSEL
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Italy, Aquileia - Roman house96 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Capua - Amphitheatre253 viewsSpartacus fought there.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Capua - Amphitheatre213 viewsThe second largest amphitheatre ... arena is only 10m shorter and 8m narrower than colosseumJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Capua - Amphitheatre153 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Capua - Amphitheatre132 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Cerveteri - Etruscan necropolis67 viewsTomba dei Rilievi
4th century BC
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Italy, Cerveteri - Etruscan necropolis51 viewsTomba dei Rilievi
4th century BC
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Italy, Cerveteri - Etruscan necropolis59 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Cerveteri - Etruscan necropolis71 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Ferentium - Roman theatre66 viewsEmperor Otho was born in Ferentium.Johny SYSEL
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Italy, Ferentium - Roman theatre46 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Orvieto - Etruscan temple65 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Ostia - 39 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Ostia - Alexander and Helix's inn471 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Italy, Ostia - antica Thermae 43 viewsBohemian
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Italy, Ostia - capitol on forum87 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Ostia - Caupona528 viewsBeautifully preserved, it seems to step back in time.
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Italy, Ostia - house near forum99 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Ostia - house near forum82 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Ostia - House of Amor and Psyche403 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Ostia - mosaique52 viewsHippocampsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Ostia - mosaique floor86 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Ostia - Street351 viewsIt is like stepping back in time....
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Italy, Ostia - temple of Ceres49 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Ostia - theatre38 viewsrebuilt by CommodusJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Paestum (near Naples) - The Temple of Poseidon at Paestum544 views
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Italy, Paestum - Temple of Apollo57 viewsFirstly it was thought it's temple of Poseidon, then it's the second temple of Hera and now it's thought it's temle of Apollo. But somewhen temple was used as temple of Poseidon and somewhen as temple of Hera.
Who knows how many times temple will change deity in future.

temple was built +- 450 BC
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Italy, Paestum - Temple of Hera52 viewsgreek colony Poseidonia
temple built +- 550 BC
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Italy, Piombino Museum29 viewsAmphora of barrati, a amphora totally of silver found in the sea near PiombinoFranz-Josef M
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Italy, Piombino Museum 50 viewsPart of a coin deposit found in the sea near the beach of Populonia, totally weight 17 kg, now in the museum of Piombino in an aquarium. The hoard consists of Antoninians of the third century.Franz-Josef M
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Italy, Piombino museum29 viewsGold found in graves of the ancient etruscan PopuloniaFranz-Josef M
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Italy, Pompeii145 viewsA well-known mosaic in an entryway of an affluent household, but it still never fails to please :-) July 2008Mark Zema
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Italy, Pompeii - Amphitheatre61 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Pompeii - bakery153 viewsHere's a bakery, complete with oven. When this was unearthed, there were several loaves of bread inside, intact, but a little overdone ;-) July 2008Mark Zema
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Italy, Pompeii - bath153 viewsInside the public bathhouse. Much like the "Occulus" in the Pantheon, the window to the upper left is the only light source in the room.Mark Zema
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Italy, Pompeii - cemetary92 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Pompeii - Forum88 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Pompeii - graffiti167 viewsAncient graffiti (gladiator standing left) on a wall. Visitors can walk right up and touch it. July 2008Mark Zema
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Italy, Pompeii - modest villa219 viewsInside one of the more modest villas in Pompeii, although you'd never know it by the still-beautiful murals on the walls and the fountain there to the right.1 commentsMark Zema
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Italy, Pompeii - Odeon75 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Pompeii - residential street152 viewsOne of the numerous residential streets in Pompeii. July 20081 commentsMark Zema
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Italy, Pompeii - storage at forum102 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Pompeii - street124 viewsAnother great shot of another street in Pompeii. The stepping stones in the foreground can be found all around the city. As I'm sure you know, water ran constantly through the streets, and pedestrians used these stepping stones to keep their feet dry.Mark Zema
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Italy, Pompeii - temple of Apollo92 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Pompeii - Vesuv in the background77 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Pompeii - victims of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.221 viewsOne of the unfortunate victims of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.1 commentsMark Zema
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Italy, Pompeii - villa 139 viewsThis is one of the more fashionable villas in town. Note the private garden area to the rear. The small pool in the foreground was for catching rainwater falling through a specially made hole in the roof. July 2008Mark Zema
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Italy, Pompeii - villa of Meneander73 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Pompeii, July 2008209 viewsA picture high up on the wall of the brothel, depicting what the paying customer could expect in the room beneath it.Mark Zema
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Italy, Populonia21 viewsEtruscan graveFranz-Josef M
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Italy, Populonia25 viewsEtruscan graveFranz-Josef M
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Italy, Populonia - Etruscian necropole46 viewsThis Etruscian necropole is near the town Piombino in the Toscana Italy, this graves are from the 3-2 century before christ.Franz-Josef M
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Italy, Populonia - Content of an etruscian grave 47 viewsIn the museum of Piombino there is a Replica of an grave of the Populonia necropole, with the original content of this grave.Franz-Josef M
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Italy, Populonia - mosaic52 viewsThis mosaic was found already in the early 19 th century, it shows many sea animals and a ship wreck.Franz-Josef M
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Italy, Populonia - mosaic, nearly total view50 viewsA famous beautiful mosaic with a ship wreck and many different sea animals, fishes, octopus snail etc.; most animals can be identified. Now in the museum of PiombinoFranz-Josef M
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Italy, Populonia - necropole57 views2nd century BC - etruscian necropole, the content of all graves is robbed before the scientist could explore those, except the one at the bottom. the content of this grave could now be seen in the museum of piombino.Franz-Josef M
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Italy, Rome - Appio-Claudian Aqueduct 1363 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - Appio-Claudian Aqueduct 2394 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - Aqua Claudia (aquaduct)173 viewsentrance to San Stefano RotondoJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Ara Pacis206 viewsIt was built to honor the triumphal return of the Roman emperor Augustus.
It was consecrated on 30 January 9 BC.
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Italy, Rome - Arch of Constantine1139 viewsView of the arch of Constantine from the top of the Colosseum2 commentsTitus Pullo
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Italy, Rome - Arch of Constantine238 viewscommemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius
built in 315
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Italy, Rome - Arch of Constantine with Colosseum in the background266 views2 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Arch of Dolabella157 views(the Porta Caelimontana)
built by consul Publius Cornelius Dolabella in 10 AD.
It was part of Aqua Marcia and later Aqua Claudia leading to Palatin.
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Italy, Rome - Arch of Septimius Severus167 viewsbuilt in 203 AD to commemorate the Parthian victories1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Arch of Titus504 viewsArch of Titus in Rome depicting the spoils of Jerusalem's temple.
Photo taken September 2005
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Italy, Rome - Arch of Titus173 viewsbuilt by Domitianus
commemorate victory of Titus in Jerusalem in the first Jewish–Roman War
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Italy, Rome - Arch of Titus192 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Augustus' Mausoleum359 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - Basilica Ulpia and Trajan's column128 viewsChurch of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum in the background.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Baths of Caracalla134 viewsbuilt between 212 AD and 216 AD

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baths_of_Caracalla
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Italy, Rome - Baths of Caracalla116 viewshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baths_of_CaracallaJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Baths of Caracalla115 viewshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baths_of_CaracallaJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Capitoline Venus110 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Circus Maximus92 views600m x 200m
+- 320000 spectators
last race in 549 AD
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Italy, Rome - Coliseum64 viewsColiseum 1999randy h2
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum106 viewsbuilt between 70 AD and 80 AD1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum96 views50000 spectators

It has been estimated that about 500000 people and over a million wild animals died in the Colosseum games.
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum84 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum162 views3 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum74 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum86 viewshall inside colloseumJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum134 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum 1417 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum 2363 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum 3329 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum 4340 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum Arch of Constantine194 viewsOne of my favorite photos I took in Rome, a view of the Arch of Constantine as seen looking out from inside the Colosseum. 1 commentsfordicus
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Italy, Rome - Colosseum with arch of Constantine in the background73 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Column of Marcus Aurelius91 viewsIt was built in 176 or later after death of Marcus Aurelius to celebrate victory over Marcomani and Quadi and Sarmatians. Johny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Curia624 viewsThe place where the Senate held its meetings.
Notice the three different kinds of marble used for the pavement. The beheaded statue should be Trajan's.
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Italy, Rome - Diana93 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Domitian's palace86 viewson PalatinJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Domitian's stadium on Palatin78 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Esquiline Venus110 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Forum73 views1999

I think this is ( or near) The Forum - Temple of Saturn
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Italy, Rome - Forum68 viewsruins of The Forum - Temple of Saturn being excavated 1999

We were unable to get close, I think this pic was taken from the sidewalk by hte main road that ran by.
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Italy, Rome - Forum of Augustus84 viewsIt includes the Temple of Mars UltorJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Inside the Roman Colosseum--May, 201141 viewspitbull
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Italy, Rome - Ludus Magnus Gladiatorum321 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - marble busts65 viewsVatican MuseumsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Mausoleum of Hadrian and Pons Aelius59 viewsbuilt between 135 AD and 139 AD
bridge was built in 134 AD

Hadrian and Sabina,
Antoninus Pius and Faustina,
Lucius Verus,
Marcus Aurelius,
Commodus,
Septimius Severus and
Caracalla were buried here.
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Italy, Rome - National Museum of Rome, Suicide of a Gaul 65 viewsPallazo Altemps

Roman copy of Hellenistic original 230-220 BC, one of the bronze groups commissioned from Greek sculptors by Pergamon king Attalus I after his recent victories over the Gauls of Galatia.
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Italy, Rome - original ancient door from Curia75 viewsnow it is in Basilica of St. John Lateran ... seat of Pope until he moved to Vatican1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme - Discobolos80 viewsPalazzo Massimo alle TermeJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Hermaphrodite94 viewsPalazzo Massimo alle TermeJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, sarcophagus 58 viewsPalazzo Massimo alle Terme

there is also great collection of roman coins.
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Italy, Rome - Pantheon231 viewsM AGRIPPA COS TERTIVM FECIT

The original Pantheon was built by Marcus Agrippa and later restored and rebuilt by Hadrian added and engineered the worlds largest unsupported domed roof. He kept the original dedication to Agrippa. A marvel of engineering and a sight to see.
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Italy, Rome - Pantheon51 viewsbuilt by Agrippa 27 BC
rebuilt by Hadrian into present shape in 123 AD

remains of Neptune's basilica
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Italy, Rome - Pantheon97 viewsbuilt by Agrippa 27 BC
rebuilt by Hadrian into present shape in 123 AD

M AGRIPPA L F COS TERTIVM FECIT

In 609 panteon was converted into church of St. Mary and the Martyrs.
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Italy, Rome - Pantheon72 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Pantheon inside240 viewsInterior view of Hadrian's dome and ocular center. An engeneering masterpiece, the concrete gets thinner as it rises. The open ocular in the center allows light to flood into this massive ancient space. The walls at the bottom are about 12 feet thick. The interior is completely ancient from the marble floors to the walls and dome. Origianlly dedicated to all the god's it is now a Catholic church.Titus Pullo
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Italy, Rome - part of Aqua Claudia (aquaduct) near Basilica of St. John Lateran43 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Pons Aemilius121 viewsthe oldest stone-bridge in Rome
bridge with six wholly stone arches was comleted in 142 BC
bridge was destroyd in 1598 AD by flood.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pons_Aemilius
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Italy, Rome - Pons Fabricius48 viewsOldest bridge in Rome - built in 62 BC and still existing in its original state.Johny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Porta Asinaria54 viewsgate in the Aurelian Walls built 270-273 AD

(near San Giovanni in Laterano)
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Italy, Rome - Porta San Giovanni55 viewsgate in the Aurelian Wall
gate was built for pope Gregory XIII

(near San Giovanni in Laterano)
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Italy, Rome - Porta San Paolo61 viewsgate in Aurelian wallsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Porticus Octaviae56 viewsBuilt by Augustus in the name of his sister, Octavia Minor, after 27 BC.Johny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Pyramid of Cestius58 viewsbuilt in 12 BC by Gaius Cestius Epulo
base: 29.6 m (100 Roman feet)
high: 37 m (125 Roman feet)

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OPVS · APSOLVTVM · EX · TESTAMENTO · DIEBVS · CCCXXX
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Italy, Rome - Republican temples46 viewsLargo di Torre Argentina

Wikipedia: "Temple of Juturna built by Gaius Lutatius Catulus after his victory against the Carthaginians in 241 BC. It was later rebuilt into a church, whose apse is still present.

Circular temple with six columns remaining, was built by Quintus Lutatius Catulus in 101 BC to celebrate his victory over Cimbri; it was Aedes Fortunae Huiusce Diei, a temple devoted to the "Luck of the Current Day"."

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Italy, Rome - Roman Forum259 viewsView down onto the Roman forum. Palatine hill is in the background. Photo taken in 2005.1 commentsTitus Pullo
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Italy, Rome - Roman forum54 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Roman forum from Palatino61 viewsTemple of Antoninus and Faustina
Temple of Romulus

This temple Maxentius built for his son Romulus who died 309 AD. Maybe the temple is built over earlier temple.
In 527 the temle with library on Vespasian's forum was rebuild to church of St. Cosma and Damian.
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Italy, Rome - Roman Forum, arch of Septimius Severus and Curia50 viewspitbull
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Italy, Rome - Septimus Severus' arch346 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - Temple of Antoninus and Faustina95 viewsTemple was build in 141 AD and dedicated to Faustina. In 161 temple was re-dedicated jointly to Antoninus and Faustina.
Temple was converted to a church, known as San Lorenzo in Miranda.
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Italy, Rome - Temple of Apollo Sosianus50 viewsName derives from its final rebuilder: Gaius Sosius.
Construction begun in 34 BC.
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Italy, Rome - Temple of Hadrian69 viewsbuilt by Antoninus Pius in 145 AD
now occupied by the Borsa bank
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Italy, Rome - Temple of Hercules Victor53 viewsForum Boarium

built in the later second century BC

In 1132 the temple was converted to a church, known as Santo Stefano alle Carozze.
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Italy, Rome - Temple of Portunus57 viewsForum Boarium

built in 75 BC
converted to church in 872
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Italy, Rome - Temple of Saturn45 viewsfounded between 501 BC and 498 BC.
The present ruins are from last incarnation in 283 AD.

Silver and gold was stored there in republic times.
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Italy, Rome - Temple of Venus and Roma68 viewsThis is largest roman temple and it was designed by emperor Hadrian himself. Temple was finished by Antoninus Pius and repaired by Maxentius after fire. In 850 after earthquake pope Leo IV built Santa Maria Nova over ruins. In 1612 after renovation church was renamed to Santa Francesca Romana.Johny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Temple of Venus Genetrix67 viewschurch of Santi Luca e Martina; curia; arch of Septimius Severus
... I think so many different types of building in the one picture you can find only in Rome.
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Italy, Rome - Temple of Vesta224 viewsWhat remains of the temple of Vesta in the Roman forum. The structure was actually restored to the condition now seen. Photo taken in 2005Titus Pullo
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Italy, Rome - Theatre of Marcellus48 viewsTheatre was built in 13 BC and was named after Marcus Marcellus, Emperor Augustus's nephew, who died five years before its completion.Johny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - Trajan's Column463 views
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Italy, Rome - Trajan's Markets 1355 viewsThe first mall in history.
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Italy, Rome - Trajan's Markets 2289 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - Trajan's Markets 3356 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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Italy, Rome - Trajan's Markets 4375 viewsThe modern bronze statue of Trajan, which stands near this emperor's Forum.
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Italy, Rome - Unidentified Bust, Museum on Palatin192 viewsMuseum on Palatin2 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome - View from the Colosseum368 viewsOn the left the Palatine Hill, the Via Sacra and Titus' Arch.
On the right Maxentius' Basilica
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Italy, Sibari (Thurium) - street78 viewsLucania, Thourioi.
Today Sibari (Cosenza), Italy
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Italy, Sicily - villa Casale53 viewsbuilt 301-325 AD
it was centre of huge latifundium but later it was used for holiday in byzantine and arabic times. It was abandoned in twelfth century.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Romana_del_Casale
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Italy, Sicily - villa Casale - room of the 10 girls in bikinis81 viewsbuilt 301-325 AD
it was centre of huge latifundium but later it was used for holiday in byzantine and arabic times. It was abandoned in twelfth century.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Romana_del_Casale
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Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - remains of city wall337 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Castor and Pollux284 viewsbuilt +- 450 BCJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Concordia349 viewsgreek colony - Akragas
temple from 5. century BC
6 x 13 columns built over a basament of 39.44 x 16.91 m
temple was turned into church in the 6th century AD
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Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Concordia240 viewsgreek colony Akragas
temple from 5. century BC
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Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Heracles259 viewsbuilt in 5. century BCJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Juno212 viewsbuilt in the 5. century BC and burnt in 406 BC by the Carthaginians
used for the celebration of weddings
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Italy, Sicily, Casale - roman villa - Basin at the entrance146 viewsbuilt 301-325 AD
it was centre of huge latifundium but later it was used for holiday in byzantine and arabic times. It was abandoned in twelfth century.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Romana_del_Casale
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Italy, Sicily, Syracuse - amphitheatre79 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Sicily, Syracuse - Ear of Dionysius81 viewscave in stone quarries, also used as prisons in ancient timesJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Sicily, Syracuse - greek theatre67 viewsbuilt in the 5. century BC
15000 spectrators
one of the largest greek theatres
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Italy, Sicily, Syracuse - temple of Apollo57 viewsfrom 6. century BC
adapted to a church in Byzantine times and to a mosque under Arab rule
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Italy, Sicily, Syracuse - temple of Athena83 viewsbuilt in 480 BC
in 7. century AD adapted to basilica
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Italy, Sicily, Taormina - theatre71 viewsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Sicily, Taormina - theatre - Etna in the background61 viewscalled Greek theatre but was built by Romans - maybe greek foundationsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Sybaris - Planning assumptions of Sybaris (Lucania)60 viewsPlanning assumptions of Sybaris by Archaeological Museum of Sibaritide (Sibari, Cs, Italy)Taras
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Italy, Thurium - Planning assumptions of Thurium (Lucania)88 viewsPlanning assumptions of Thurium, by Archaeological Museum of Sibaritide (Sibari, Cs, Italy).1 commentsTaras
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Italy, Venice - Bridge of Sighs46 viewsBridge of Sighs 1999randy h2
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Italy, Venice - Grand Canal and St. Marks56 viewsVeiw from the ferry 1999randy h2
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Italy, Volterra - Roman theatre 54 viewsfirst century BCJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Vulci - brick edifice52 viewsremains of Roman thermal complexJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Vulci - cryptoportico45 viewshall in the basement of magnificent aristocrat's residence from the late 2nd century BCJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Vulci - Great Temple970 viewsEtruscan temple was at this site since 6th century BC, rebuilt by Romans.Johny SYSEL
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Jordan, Amman - Acropolis173 viewsAmman in Jordan was ancient Philadelphia, a Decapolis town. Not much remains of the (second-century CE) Temple of Heracles which once dominated the city's acropolis, but the surviving columns are impressively large. Heracles also features prominently on Philadelphia's coinage.Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Gadara103 viewsPart of an early Byzantine church complex at Umm Qais in north-west Jordan. Umm Qais is ancient Gadara of the Decapolis (as in the 'Gadarene swine' of Matthew 8:28-34). The city is built from a mixture of white limestone and dark basalt, often mixed together, which gives some of the buildings a curious chess-board look.Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Jerash - Nymphaeum68 viewsGerasa’s Nymphaeum is quite well preserved and must have been spectacular in its prime. Originally there would have been a half-dome covering the top and each niche would have contained a statue. Note the holes in the lower level niches: the sculptures here would have also served as decorative water conduits to fill the basin underneath. Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Jerash - Oval Plaza78 viewsJerash is ancient Gerasa in Jordan, one of the Decapolis cities. The superb Oval Plaza stands at one end of the Cardo.Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Jerash - Temple of Artemis111 viewsArtemis was the patron goddess of Gerasa, and the temple dedicated to her was one of the city’s grandest monuments. It was reached by ascending an imposing processional Sacred Way, starting from the Cardo. The temple was built during the mid 2nd-century CE and worship continued there until suppressed by Theodosius around 391. Afterwards, in Byzantine times, part of the Sacred Way was converted into a church (the ‘Propylaeum Church’) and the temple courtyard was used as a pottery workshop, while the naos itself was left to crumble quietly away. Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Machaerus64 viewsMachaerus is in central Jordan, not far from the Dead Sea. It's one of Herod the Great's hilltop desert fortresses. Not as well-known or impressive as Masada perhaps, but Machaerus has it's own claim to fame: according to Josephus, Machaerus is where John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed.Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Petra - 'Little Petra'73 viewsThis is Al-Barid (often called 'Little Petra') which is about 5 km distant from the central parts of Petra which attract all the tourists. By contrast, Little Petra is not often visited, but it's very atmospheric (with its own mini-Siq!) and an excursion here can also take in the nearby and fascinating Neolithic site of Beidha.Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Petra - Ed Deir79 viewsThis is Ed Deir, one of the 'high places' of Petra. There's a rock cut path, you have to climb about 800 steps above Cardo level to get there, but worth it. Early Western visitors called it 'the Monastery', which perhaps it was during Byzantine times, originally though, a Nabataean temple (not a tomb).Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Petra - Gate of Temenos306 viewsPetra, Gate of Temenospax
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Jordan, Petra - Khasneh63 viewsOK, it’s the photograph every visitor to Petra takes: the first sight of the Kasneh framed by the dark canyon of the Siq. But the view is breathtaking, so who can resist? Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Petra - Qasr al-Bint46 viewsIt’s known locally by the name of Qasr al-Bint al-Faroun, ‘the Palace of Pharaoh’s Daughter’, but it’s really a Nabataean temple, probably originally dedicated to Dushrat. The Qasr al-Bint is one of the best preserved free-standing buildings in Petra and stands in a sacred precinct at the far end of the city’s Cardo. In front of the temple steps is a substantial open-air altar platform. The area still further in the foreground of the picture is now used as a Bedouin taxi rank, where the tired tourist who no longer wishes to walk can hire a camel or donkey for the trip back to the start of the Siq. Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Petra - Roman Soldier's Tomb76 viewsIt's popularly called the "Roman Soldier's Tomb" because the central headless figure on the facade is clearly wearing a cuirass. The trouble is that the tomb can't really be dated later than the early years of Rabbel II, i.e. at least 30 years before the Roman annexation in 106 CE. That makes a Roman officer's burial highly questionable. The interior layout is elaborate - a tomb intended for someone of quite high status.Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Petra - Silk Tomb70 viewsThe 'Silk Tomb' is hard to photograph and is best visited near sunrise or sunset. Depending on the time of day (i.e. on the angle at which the sunlight strikes the rock) the colours either look vibrant and alive or flat and dull.Abu Galyon
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Jordan, Petra - The collonaded street336 viewsThis is the centre of the lower city and divides it in north and south.
This is the road that leads to the Semenos gate (at our back)
You can also see the following tombs (from left to right)
Corinthian tomb, Silk tomb and the Urn tomb.
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Jordan, Petra - The Treasury542 viewsI visited the ancient city of Petra in 1999, it is located in Jordan.
The Nabateers "build" this city in the dessert, all the temples and houses are carved in the soft rock.
When you have passed the Siq, the first temple you see is the Al-Khazneh Farun, or The Treasury.
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Jordan, Petra - The Treasury 2281 viewsAl-Khazneh Farun - The Faro treasure
This was build in 84-85 b.c., by king Aretas IV.
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Jordan, Petra - Theater295 viewsA vieuw on some graves and on the left side a theater.pax
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Jordan, Petra - Theater 2286 viewsThe remains, the side were the artists stood.
The theater was build in 100 a.c., and expanded in 106 when the Romans came.
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Lybia, Sabratha - Scaenae Frons111 viewsThe scaenae frons of the theatre of Sabratha, modern Libya. The sea is visible behind, through the central gate. Note the great reliefs under the stage itself. Syltorian
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Lybia, Sabratha - Theatre84 viewsThe theatre of the ancient city of Sabratha (Libya), built during the reign of the Severans, reconstructed by Mussolini. Syltorian
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Mali, West Africa, Timbukto1538 viewsYes it does exist! although it has lost a lot from its glory days in the 14th and 16th centuries, still a fascinating place to visit. Meaning well of the woman named 'Bouctou'. In its day 25,000 students are reputed to have studied there at any one time. Some of the manuscripts can still be viewed; on such varied subjects at medicine, astronomy and arithmetic; sadly they are not well preserved.4 commentsBolayi
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Maya, Altun Ha, Belize381 viewsMayadigger - Altun Ha "Rock Water", was another ancient Maya city that encompassed nearly 700 years of occupation. Lovely in situation, it's population at it's height was close to 20,000 citizens. It was another leading trade center. Mayadigger
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Maya, Altun Ha, Belize, Masks375 viewsAnother example of the "Pre-Classic Masks" that tell us that this city was established at least 200 AD.Mayadigger
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Maya, Chicanna, Campeche, Mexico354 viewsMayadigger - Chicanna is a smallish ruin found in Southern Campeche, Mexico. Seen in the photo is a wonderous depiction of everything that the ancient Maya were really about. The ancient Maya, as well as nearly all Meso-American civilizations, believed that caves/grottos were the doors to the underworld (read after-life). In fact, when archaeologists dug beneath the vast Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan in Mexico they discovered that the enormous pyramid was centered on the top of a huge underground complex. The ancient Maya named their underworld "Xibalba" and their representaion of this phenomenon is now known as a Witz Monster. In this photo we see the Witz Monster, his mouth agape, lower jaw displayed with huge teeth, leading into a temple. To the untrained eye it may be hard to make out, but if you look close, you can see his eyes above the doorway, and his ear-flairs to either side of the portal. Very cool...Mayadigger
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Maya, Copan, Honduras515 viewsMayadigger - The most Southern City of the ancient Maya was Copan, "Zotz" in Maya. The name Zotz means "Bat." Cppan was the "Paris" of the Maya world. The archetecture and entablature was just superb. Seen in this photo, we see the stele of Yax Kuk Mo, "Blue Quetzal Macaw." As it turned out, Yax Kuk Mo came from Teotihuacan, in the Valley of Mexico. An imported Prince as it were...2 commentsMayadigger
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Maya, Lamanai, Belize309 viewsMayadigger - Lamanai, "Submerged Crocodile" in Maya, is a truly pristine and very remote ancient Maya city. In this case we, took a small boat up a long, turgid river. It can be reached by "road", read 50 mile muddy track. I know, we did it a few years later and never again. In ancient days, Lamanai owed its wealth to being a trade center centrally located between the vast Maya cities of Tikal, Altun Ha, Caracol, and Copan. Killer ruins...but do not forget your bug spray!Mayadigger
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Maya, Lamanai, Belize413 viewsMayadigger - Here I am "discovering" an ancient Maya pyramid in the ruins at Lamanai. As seen, it's being recovered from the rain forest by archeologists. This particular structure ia about 80 feet tall. What makes Lamanai unique is that it was the longest inhabited city in the New World...from approx. 300BC to 1100 AD.1 commentsMayadigger
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Maya, Lamanai, Belize318 viewsMayadigger - This is a detail seen on the previous structure. What you're looking at is known to Meso-American archaeologists as a "Pre-Classic Mask" and are only found on Maya structures from the Pre-Classic time, i.e. 200-400 A.D. This fellow is a "Kinich Ahau" or a "Shining-faced" Lord. Kinich Ahau was the Maya Sun God, but this was also the title of the Maya rulers. As all Maya structures were built onion-style, that is, one layer atop another, it is easy for us to date them when we come across masks such as seen here.Mayadigger
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Maya, Lubaantun, Belize, Sign ruins353 viewsThe small site of Lubaantun is found in the remote rain forests of Southern Belize. One of the most interesting bits about this ruin is that the Maya did not use mortar between the building stones. Very rare...never saw it before or since.Mayadigger
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Maya, Lubaantun, Belize, Sign ruins close316 viewsMayadigger - Note the lack of mortar...very cool!Mayadigger
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Maya, Tikal, Guatemala327 viewsMayadigger - Tikal was the home to 45,000 + citizens from 200-800 AD. This truly maginificent site is located deep in the Peten rainforest. The pyramid seen here is approx. 140 feet tall, whose temple is topped with a "cox-comb" roof decoration. In the right foreground is seen the Great Plaza with a number of stone stelae commemorating the city's kings. In the right background is the acropolis, where the elites not only lived, but were also buried with great pomp.
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Maya, Tikal, Guatemala, Cox Combs above the rain forest450 viewsMayadigger - The cox-comb roofs of a number of towering pyramids show just above the gigantic mahagony and giant fig trees of the Peten forest. These threes are full of parrots, toucans, and howler and spider monkeys. As far as I was concerned, my only thoughts were as how I was to get back down without breaking my neck!3 commentsMayadigger
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Maya, Xpuhil, Campeche, Mexico308 viewsLocated about thirty miles south of Chicanna, the ancient Maya city named Xpuhil, pronounced "SH-PUH-HEEL" found themselves between the hammer of wanning Tikal to the South and the anvil of the rising Chichen Itza to the North. Without the resources of Tikal, but trying to emmulate that great city's pyramids/temples, poor Xpuhil could only manage a sorry and rather pathetic attempt of Tikal's grand structures. Seen here, we see that their Temple structure tries to copy those seen at Tikal...rather sad, isn't it...?Mayadigger
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Megiddo / Jezreel Valley25 viewsA view of the Jezreel Valley in the distance looking out from atop Tel Megiddo. The Jezreel Valley will be the site of the final battle between the armies of God and Satan as prophesied in the Book of Revelation. This photo was taken in June 2012 during a two week trip my wife and I took to Israel and Jordan.
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Micronesia, Yap Island245 viewsA 400-year old flagged stone trail on Yap Island, leads down to village and into a "stone money" bank. There are several similar stone money banks on the island. Way back when, the Yapese voyaged 700 miles across the sea in out-rigger canoes to the island of Palau, where they mined and wrought these stones.Mayadigger
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Micronesia, Yap Island, Stone money250 viewsMayadigger
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Micronesia, Yap Island, Stone money256 viewsThis larger example is known as "O'Keefe" money and is not as valuable as the earlier stone moneyMayadigger
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Nymphaeum of Perge15 viewsThe monumental fountain or nymphaeum of Perga consists of a wide pool, and behind it a two-storeyed richly worked facade. From its inscription, it is apparent that the structure was dedicated to Artemis Pergaia, Septimius Severus, his wife Julia Domna, and their sons. An inscription belonging to the facade, various facade fragments, and marble statues of Septimius Severus and his wife, all found in excavations of the nymphaeum, are now in the Antalya Museum.1 commentsJoe Sermarini
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Peru284 viewsThe ancient walls of the huge 15th Cent. Inca fortress known as Sacsayhuaman, elevation 12,000 feet above sea level. The fortress was incomplete at the time of the Spanish conquest. Most of the smaller wrought stones were removed by the Spanish invaders to build homes and cathedrals in the ancient Inca Capital of Cuzco in the valley 1,000 feet below. The existant stones seen in the photo, weighing many 1,000's of tons, were too large for the invaders to easily to remove, and they remain in situe.Mayadigger
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Peru 1377 viewsThat's me, standing close to the stones, just to give the size...2 commentsMayadigger
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Peru 1.5417 viewsMore Cyclopean Stones with Sheri showing their size...3 commentsMayadigger
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Peru 12245 viewsAn excellent example of ancient Inca stonework; note that there is no mortar, nor is none necessary.Mayadigger
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Peru 13239 viewsStill exploring, with another grand vista of the Urubamba River Valley seen in the distance far below...Mayadigger
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Peru 14227 viewsThat's me again, pointing out that "You can't put a knife-blade between these stones..." LOL!Mayadigger
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Peru 15232 viewsMe and Sheri hamming it up! That's a wrap! Mayadigger
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Peru 4210 viewsThe Urubamba River on the way to somewhere very special... The Urubamba Valley was the Bread-basket of the Inca Empire where an amazing variety of fruits and vegetables were produced including pineapples, no less!Mayadigger
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Peru 5212 viewsI have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to explore many remakable places around the world...but so far, this one takes the cake. Mayadigger
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Peru 6242 viewsGetting artsy in B/W photos, we treked up a long trail through dense rainforest to get this first glimpse of the ancient ruin...Mayadigger
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Peru 7232 viewsMachu Picchu, at last! Words cannot describe the near-unworldly vistas seen here. The viewer is overcome with the stillness, and the grand edifices that seem to mock you from the distant past. The clouds and mists gather and then retreat, hiding and then revealing, awesome views of the surrounding forested peaks. Mayadigger
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Peru 8222 viewsA grand vista of the Inca ruin...Mayadigger
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Peru 9247 viewsThe Temple of the Sun, the only round structure found here, is reported to have the finest stonework at the site.Mayadigger
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Port facilities of Sybaris17 viewsExcavated remains of the port facilities of Sybaris. These are located on the Casa Bianca site in the easternmost section of the Sybaris archaeological park. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sybaris_port_facilities.jpgJoe Sermarini
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Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu53 viewsTempel at the site of a Villa Rustica, build in the 1st cent. AD.
Transformed into a church and abandoned in the 6th cent.
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Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu55 viewsDetail of mosaic.pax
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Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu50 viewsfrigidarium, cold bath. with fishes pax
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Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu51 viewsremains of roman villa underneath a 16th cent farmer house, mosaic floorpax
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Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu51 viewsremains of the floor of a roman villa (with heating) underneath a 16th cent. farmer housepax
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Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu40 viewsspace for the warm air that heated the floorpax
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Ruins of the amphitheater of Solin23 viewsRuins of the amphitheater of Salona, Dalmatia (Solin, Croatia). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solin,_CroatiaJoe Sermarini
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Ruins of the main street in Perga, capital of Pamphylia, Asia Minor.48 viewshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamphylia. 23 February 2006. Joe Sermarini
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Ruins of the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia, Palestrina32 viewshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PalestrinaJoe Sermarini
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Salona (Solin), Croatia - Baths21 viewsSalona (Solin), Croatia - Baths. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solin,_CroatiaJoe Sermarini
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Scythopolis ampitheatre38 viewsA picture of the ampitheatre in Scythopolis, taken from the top of the even more ancient Beit She'an mound. Running in the foreground is the cardo. This was taken in June 2012 during a two week trip my wife and I took to Israel and Jordan.cmcdon0923
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Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Juno Lacinia26 viewsThis temple was constructed on a mostly artificial spur. It dates to c. 450 BC, measuring 38.15 x 16.90 m: it is in Doric style, peripteros 6 columns wide by 13 long, preceded by a pronaos and opisthodomos. The basement has four steps.

Current remains (including anastylosis from the 18th Century onwards) consist of the front colonnade with parts of the architrave and of the frieze. Only fragments of the other three sides survive, with few elements of the cella. The building was damaged in the fire of 406 BC and restored in Roman times, with the substitution of clay marble roof tiles with ones and the addition of a steep rise in the area where today can be seen the remains of the altar.

Nearby are arcosolia and other sepultures from Byzantine times, belonging to the late 6th century AD renovation of the Temple of Concordia into a Christian church.
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Sicily, Agrigento, Temple of Concordia60 viewsDue to its good state of preservation, the Temple of Concordia is ranked amongst the most notable edifices of the Greek civilization existing today. It has a peristatis of 6 x 13 columns built over a basement of 39.44 x 16.91 m; each Doric column has twenty grooves and a slight entasis, and is surmounted by an architrave with triglyphs and metopes; also perfectly preserved are the tympani. The cella, preceded by a pronaos, is accessed by a single step; also existing are the pylons with the stairs which allowed to reach the roof and, over the cella's walls and in the blocks of the peristasis entablature, the holes for the wooden beam of the ceiling. The exterior and the interior of the temple were covered by polychrome stucco. The upper frame had gutters with lion-like protomes, while the roof was covered by marble tiles.

When the temple was turned into a church the entrance was moved to the rear, and the rear wall of the cella was destroyed. The spaces between the columns were closed, while 12 arched openings were created in the cella, in order to obtain a structure with one nave and two aisles. The pagan altar was destroyed and sacristies were carved out in the eastern corners. The sepultures visible inside and outside the temple date to the High Middle Age.
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Sicily, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples25 viewsThe Valle dei Templi (English: Valley of the Temples, Sicilian: Vaddi di li Tempri) is an archaeological site in Agrigento (ancient Greek Akragas), Sicily, southern Italy. It is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, and is one of the main attractions of Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy. The area was included in the UNESCO Heritage Site list in 1997. Much of the excavation and restoration of the temples was due to the efforts of archaeologist Domenico Antonio Lo Faso Pietrasanta (1783–1863), who was the Duke of Serradifalco from 1809 through 1812.

The term "valley" is a misnomer, the site being located on a ridge outside the town of Agrigento.
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Slovakia, Gerulata 73 viewsRoman military camp located near today's Rusovce, a borough of Bratislava, Slovakia. It was part of the Roman province Pannonia and built in the 2nd century as a part of the Limes Romanus system. It was abandoned in the 4th century, when Roman legions withdrew from Pannonia.

Today there is a museum, which is part of the Bratislava City Museum.

The most preserved object is a quadrilateral building 30 metres long and 30 metres wide, with 2.4 metre thick walls.
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South Korea, Woraksan 64 viewsThis giant turtle lays near the Buddha of the future of my other picture, it is approximately 5 m long and 1000 year old.Franz-Josef M
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South Korea, Woraksan - Buddha55 viewsIn the Woraksan mountains I visit this big Buddha carved in the rock, I estimate the high 20 m, but I' m not sure.Franz-Josef M
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South Korea, Woraksan - Buddha53 viewsBuddha of the future, he is already more than 1000 years old, but still has a good appearance. The location of this Buddha is a valley in the middle of the Woraksan mountains. Its a great holy place.Franz-Josef M
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Spain, Naveta des Tudons39 viewsPlace: Naveta des Tudons, Menorca
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The Naveta des Tudons is the most famous megalithic chamber tomb in Minorca. It was used between 1200 y 750 BC. It is a collective tomb which contained, when it was discovered in 1975 at least 100 men and different objects like bronze bracelets or bone and ceramic buttons.

The legend says that two brothers were competing for the love of a girl. To decide who would be the chosen one, they started a construction, and the first one to finish it would marry the girl. One of them decided to build the naveta and the other one a well. The time run and when the last stone was going to be placed on the naveta, the other brother shouted: "Water, water!!". Then, the brother who was building the naveta, very angry, threw the last stone (the one that is missing on the top) into the well, killing his brother. Then, feeling remorse for what he had done, he killed himself. It is said that the girl died alone and was buried in the naveta.
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Spain, Talaiot de Torellonet Vell62 viewsPlace: Torellonet Vell, Menorca
Country: Spain

The talaiot is the most significant structure of the prehistorical culture of Minorca and Majorca. Its characteristics are very varied but always bears a similarity with a tower. Although some talaiots have been found with an interior room, generally, the area that is used more frequently would be at the top, which is now mostly in ruins.

Nonetheless, the large talaiot depicted in this photo, Torelló 1, still has a well preserved door-window open to the south. It seems that the construction had diverse buildings embedded around it.

Although the excavation of the superior camera gave Roman chandeliers and ceramics, the remains of a factory of brass foundry was found west of the talaiot (where several molds, a faulty axe and Talaiotic ceramic were located) which seem to date the construction of the monument before the beginning of the 1st millennium BC.

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Spain, Torralba d'en Salord39 viewsPlace: Torralba d'en Salord, Menorca
Country: Spain

Torralba d'en Salord is a prehistoric talaiotic settlement located on the island of Minorca between the towns of Mahon and Alayor. Chronologically, it lies between 1000 BC and the Roman conquest. Although it lasted until the Middle Ages.

The large T-shaped monument that is depicted in the photo is called a Taula, and it's probably a sanctuary. A U-shaped wall encloses the Taulas; these precincts are 3000 years old, but the age of its central monuments is unknown. This Taula measures 5 meters tall and it's the largest of its kind.
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Spain, Torre d'en Galmés, Menorca58 viewsPlace: Torre d'en Galmés, Menorca
Country: Spain

Torre d'en Galmés is situated on a small hill that dominates most of the southern part of the island Minorca. On clear days it is possible to see the mountains of neighbouring Majorca. In prehistoric times it would have been possible to observe a large numbers of talaiotic towns from this position which leads to think that Torre d'en Galmés exercised a position of authority.

The Cartailhac Circle, named in honour of the eminent French archaeologist Émile Cartailhac, author of "Primitive Monuments on the Balearic Islands (1892)", was inhabitated between 250-50 BC. Its external wall is made with flagstones placed vertically on a baseboard.
In the interior, we see the remains of a central patio, with numerous fallen architectural elements (mullions, lintels, pilasters...), and three rooms around it.
To each side of the entrance there is a small covered space, with the roof below the superior level of the stones of the external facade, which seems to indicate that, at least above these spaces, there was a floor.
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Spain, Torre d'en Galmés, Menorca - The Cartailhac Circle35 viewsPlace: Torre d'en Galmés, Menorca
Country: Spain

Torre d'en Galmés is situated on a small hill that dominates most of the southern part of the island Minorca. On clear days it is possible to see the mountains of neighbouring Majorca. In prehistoric times it would have been possible to observe a large numbers of talaiotic towns from this position which leads to think that Torre d'en Galmés exercised a position of authority.

The Cartailhac Circle, named in honour of the eminent French archaeologist Émile Cartailhac, author of "Primitive Monuments on the Balearic Islands (1892)", was inhabitated between 250-50 BC. Its external wall is made with flagstones placed vertically on a baseboard.

In the interior, we see the remains of a central patio, with numerous fallen architectural elements (mullions, lintels, pilasters...), and three rooms around it.

To each side of the entrance there is a small covered space, with the roof below the superior level of the stones of the external facade, which seems to indicate that, at least above these spaces, there was a floor.
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