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Afghanistan, Balkh2714 viewsThe walls of Balkh, Afganistan1 commentsJoe Sermarini
Mali, West Africa, Timbukto1961 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
Israel, Jerusalem - Western Wall and Dome of the Rock1807 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).
posted by Zam
1 commentsEcgþeow
Turkey, Ephesus, Library of Celsus1439 viewsOne of the true glories of Ephesus is the reconstructed facade of the Library of Celsus. Dedicated in 120 A.D to the former governor of Asia Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the library contained up to 12,000 scrolls. It was burned when the Goths sacked the city in 260 A. D. The edifice to the right is the Gate of Hadrian which connected the library to the public agora or marketplace.1 comments
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Italy, Rome, Arch of Constantine1436 viewsView of the arch of Constantine from the top of the Colosseum2 commentsJay GT4
Turkey, Ephesus - Curetes Street1328 viewsLooking down Curetes Street named after the priests who presided over the sacred fire of Hestia. The street is paved with marble slabs with sidewalks covered in mosaics.
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Cyprus, Pafos, Roman Mosaic in "The House of the Century"1310 viewsMosaic in "The House of the Century"1 commentsJeroen
Italy, Vulci - Great Temple1246 viewsEtruscan temple was at this site since 6th century BC, rebuilt by Romans.Johny SYSEL
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Turkey, Ephesus - Sculptured Drum of Column from Ephesus1130 views
China, Great Wall1086 viewsIt's a wall and its great, what more do I need to say :) - Bolayi1 commentsBolayi
Turkey, Ephesus - temple of Hadrian1008 viewsA magnificent relief of Medusa filling the interior arch of the temple of Hadrian. Other reliefs of Amazons and the Olympian gods grace the interior.
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Cyprus, Pafos, Roman Mosaic in "The House of the Century" (Detail)1007 viewsDetailJeroen
Israel, Caesarea967 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 F
China, Great Wall946 viewsMutianyu Great Wall located in Huairou County, Beijing. Built on older pre-existing walls during the Ming Dynasty.Bolayi
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Greece, Athens - Acropolis, The Erectheum880 views
Italy, Rome, Curia874 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.
Posted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Greece, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, East Front of the Parthenon Restored and Dissected828 viewsJoe Sermarini
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Greece, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, North West Corner of the Parthenon827 views1 comments
Jordan, Petra - The Treasury817 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.
3 commentspax
Greece, Athens - Entrance to the Athens Numismatic Museum762 viewsThe former mansion of noted amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. What was inside those doors was truly marvelous.1 comments
Italy, Ostia - Caupona757 viewsBeautifully preserved, it seems to step back in time.
Posted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - Bridge over Vidourle river.757 viewsUsed to have eleven arches and still used untill the middle ages. From this bridge the via Domitia goes upwards to the settlement1 comments
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New World, Maya, Copan, Honduras747 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
Turkey, Ephesus - Public Toilets716 viewsMinus the slaves to warm the seats in winter and the live entertainment1 comments
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Greece, Athens - Acropolis, Parthenon, Slab of the North Parthenon Frieze694 views
New World, Maya, Tikal, Guatemala, Cox Combs above the rain forest693 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
Italy, Rome, Arch of Titus688 viewsArch of Titus in Rome depicting the spoils of Jerusalem's temple.
Photo taken September 2005
Jay GT4
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New World, Peru 1.5682 viewsMore Cyclopean Stones with Sheri showing their size...3 commentsMayadigger
France, Sommiéres - Roman bridge666 views17 arch bridge built on orders of Tiberius to cross the river Vidourle and enable to connect Nemausis ( Nîmes ) with Tolosa ( Toulouse ).
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Column664 views
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.662 viewsVia Domitia winding its way uphill
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.661 viewsSee those wagontracks as road goes upwards from the bridge towards the settlement on the top of the hill
Italy, Ostia - Alexander and Helix's inn659 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
New World, Peru 1651 viewsThat's me, standing close to the stones, just to give the size...2 commentsMayadigger
Turkey, Ephesus - Relief inside temple of Hadrian636 views1 comments
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New World, Maya, Lamanai, Belize633 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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Italy, Rome, Colosseum 1628 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Israel, Gezer - six chambered gate built by Solomon614 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.
posted by Zam
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.609 viewsVia Domitia going downhill towards the bridge
Israel, Gezer - Bronze Age city walls604 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.
posted by Zam
Greece, Athens - Odeon of Herodes Atticus599 viewsBuilt in 161 AD1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Ephesus - Central square of Terrace Houses590 viewsPart of the central square of the terrace houses in Ephesus.1 comments
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Italy, Rome, Appio-Claudian Aqueduct 2580 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Italy, Ostia - Street580 viewsIt is like stepping back in time....
Posted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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New World, Maya, Altun Ha, Belize573 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
France, Sommiéres - Roman Bridge569 views17 arch bridge built on orders of Tiberius to cross the river Vidourle and enable to connect Nemausis ( Nîmes ) with Tolosa ( Toulouse ).
Italy, Ostia - House of Amor and Psyche565 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Austria, Vienna (Vindobona) - remains of Roman house from 2nd - 4th century563 viewsWien - Michaelerplatz Johny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 4560 viewsThe modern bronze statue of Trajan, which stands near this emperor's Forum.
Posted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Turkey, Ephesus - Terrace House555 viewsLocated in the ongoing excavation of the upper-class terrace houses. Lovely floor mosaic
Germany, Trier - Amphitheater554 viewsUnder the Arena
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - remains of city wall554 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Colosseum 2552 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Germany, Trier - Porta Nigra551 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).
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New World, Maya, Altun Ha, Belize, Masks550 viewsAnother example of the "Pre-Classic Masks" that tell us that this city was established at least 200 AD.Mayadigger
Germany, Trier - Basilika550 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.
Greece, Athens - Temple of Hephaestus and Athena Ergane549 viewsalso Theseion
Temple was used as church in christian times.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
New World, Maya, Chicanna, Campeche, Mexico546 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
Israel, Masada546 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 F
Germany, Trier - Amphitheater541 viewsThe arena, built in the 2nd century A.D. for cruel games with gladiators and animals, had a seating capacity of about 20,000.
Italy, Rome, Mausoleum of Augustus534 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Turkey, Ephesus - Theater534 viewsOne of the largest in the ancient world. The apostle Paul spoke here before getting booted out for causing riots.1 comments
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Italy, Rome, View from the Colosseum532 viewsOn the left the Palatine Hill, the Via Sacra and Titus' Arch.
On the right Maxentius' Basilica
Posted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Italy, Rome, Arch of Septimus Severus532 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Jordan, Petra - Theater 3526 viewspax
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 3525 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Italy, Rome, Arch of Constantine with Colosseum in the background524 views2 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 1522 viewsThe first mall in history.
Posted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Italy, Rome, Appio-Claudian Aqueduct 1517 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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New World, Maya, Lubaantun, Belize, Sign ruins516 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
New World, Maya, Tikal, Guatemala511 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.
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Concordia508 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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New World, Maya, Lamanai, Belize506 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
Germany, Trier - Basilika504 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).
Austria, Vienna (Vindobona) - remains of Roman house from 2nd - 4th century502 viewsWien - Michaelerplatz Johny SYSEL
Jordan, Petra - The collonaded street501 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.
Greece, Athens - Parthenon501 viewsTemple of Athena built by Perikles.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Germany, Trier - Porta Nigra499 viewsthe other side of the gate
Germany, Trier - Amphitheater499 viewsthe entrance
Italy, Rome, Ludus Magnus Gladiatorum498 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Italy, Rome, Colosseum 3497 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Italy, Rome, Colosseum 4495 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Turkey, Ephesus - Central Square493 viewsPart of the central square of the terrace houses in Ephesus.
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New World, Maya, Lubaantun, Belize, Sign ruins close488 viewsMayadigger - Note the lack of mortar...very cool!Mayadigger
Jordan, Petra - Gate of Temenos486 viewsPetra, Gate of Temenospax
New World, Maya, Lamanai, Belize485 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
Germany, Trier - Amphitheater484 viewsThe way into arena
Germany, Trier - Basilika481 viewsLater on, the archbishop used it as his administrative center and it was enlarged by three palace wings after 1614
Germany, Trier - Imperial baths473 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.
Jordan, Petra - Theater472 viewsA vieuw on some graves and on the left side a theater.pax
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