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Afghanistan, Balkh2640 viewsThe walls of Balkh, Afganistan1 commentsJoe Sermarini
Mali, West Africa, Timbukto1902 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 Rock1749 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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Italy, Rome, Arch of Constantine1392 viewsView of the arch of Constantine from the top of the Colosseum2 commentsTitus Pullo
Turkey, Ephesus, Library of Celsus1389 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 commentsmemphius
Turkey, Ephesus - Curetes Street1269 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.
3 commentsmemphius
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Cyprus, Pafos, Roman Mosaic in "The House of the Century"1258 viewsMosaic in "The House of the Century"1 commentsJeroen
Italy, Vulci - Great Temple1206 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 Ephesus1084 views
China, Great Wall1033 viewsIt's a wall and its great, what more do I need to say :) - Bolayi1 commentsBolayi
Turkey, Ephesus - temple of Hadrian962 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.memphius
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Cyprus, Pafos, Roman Mosaic in "The House of the Century" (Detail)949 viewsDetailJeroen
Israel, Caesarea916 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
China, Great Wall903 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 Erectheum852 views
Italy, Rome, Curia842 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 Dissected796 viewsJoe Sermarini
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Greece, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, North West Corner of the Parthenon791 views1 comments
Jordan, Petra - The Treasury782 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
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - Bridge over Vidourle river.732 viewsUsed to have eleven arches and still used untill the middle ages. From this bridge the via Domitia goes upwards to the settlement1 commentsBohemond
Greece, Athens - Entrance to the Athens Numismatic Museum732 viewsThe former mansion of noted amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. What was inside those doors was truly marvelous.1 commentsmemphius
Italy, Ostia - Caupona723 viewsBeautifully preserved, it seems to step back in time.
Posted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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New World, Maya, Copan, Honduras716 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 Toilets684 viewsMinus the slaves to warm the seats in winter and the live entertainment1 commentsmemphius
Italy, Rome, Arch of Titus666 viewsArch of Titus in Rome depicting the spoils of Jerusalem's temple.
Photo taken September 2005
Titus Pullo
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Greece, Athens - Acropolis, Parthenon, Slab of the North Parthenon Frieze665 views
New World, Maya, Tikal, Guatemala, Cox Combs above the rain forest661 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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New World, Peru 1.5650 viewsMore Cyclopean Stones with Sheri showing their size...3 commentsMayadigger
France, Sommiéres - Roman bridge642 views17 arch bridge built on orders of Tiberius to cross the river Vidourle and enable to connect Nemausis ( Nîmes ) with Tolosa ( Toulouse ).Bohemond
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.639 viewsSee those wagontracks as road goes upwards from the bridge towards the settlement on the top of the hillBohemond
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.637 viewsVia Domitia winding its way uphillBohemond
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Column635 views
Italy, Ostia - Alexander and Helix's inn630 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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New World, Peru 1615 viewsThat's me, standing close to the stones, just to give the size...2 commentsMayadigger
Turkey, Ephesus - Relief inside temple of Hadrian605 views1 commentsmemphius
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New World, Maya, Lamanai, Belize604 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 1600 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.586 viewsVia Domitia going downhill towards the bridgeBohemond
Israel, Gezer - Bronze Age city walls584 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 Solomon581 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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Greece, Athens - Odeon of Herodes Atticus579 viewsBuilt in 161 AD1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Ephesus - Central square of Terrace Houses562 viewsPart of the central square of the terrace houses in Ephesus.1 commentsmemphius
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Italy, Rome, Appio-Claudian Aqueduct 2549 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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New World, Maya, Altun Ha, Belize546 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
Italy, Ostia - Street546 viewsIt is like stepping back in time....
Posted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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France, Sommiéres - Roman Bridge545 views17 arch bridge built on orders of Tiberius to cross the river Vidourle and enable to connect Nemausis ( Nîmes ) with Tolosa ( Toulouse ).Bohemond
Italy, Ostia - House of Amor and Psyche535 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Austria, Vienna (Vindobona) - remains of Roman house from 2nd - 4th century532 viewsWien - Michaelerplatz Johny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - remains of city wall531 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Athens - Temple of Hephaestus and Athena Ergane529 viewsalso Theseion
Temple was used as church in christian times.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 4529 viewsThe modern bronze statue of Trajan, which stands near this emperor's Forum.
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Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Turkey, Ephesus - Terrace House527 viewsLocated in the ongoing excavation of the upper-class terrace houses. Lovely floor mosaicmemphius
Germany, Trier - Amphitheater524 viewsUnder the ArenaW. Kutschenko
Germany, Trier - Basilika522 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.
W. Kutschenko
Israel, Masada521 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
Germany, Trier - Amphitheater520 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
Germany, Trier - Porta Nigra520 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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New World, Maya, Altun Ha, Belize, Masks520 viewsAnother example of the "Pre-Classic Masks" that tell us that this city was established at least 200 AD.Mayadigger
New World, Maya, Chicanna, Campeche, Mexico520 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
Italy, Rome, Colosseum 2519 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Italy, Rome, Mausoleum of Augustus506 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Italy, Rome, Arch of Septimus Severus504 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Turkey, Ephesus - Theater502 viewsOne of the largest in the ancient world. The apostle Paul spoke here before getting booted out for causing riots.1 commentsmemphius
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Italy, Rome, View from the Colosseum502 viewsOn the left the Palatine Hill, the Via Sacra and Titus' Arch.
On the right Maxentius' Basilica
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Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Jordan, Petra - Theater 3498 viewspax
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 3495 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 1494 viewsThe first mall in history.
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Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Italy, Rome, Arch of Constantine with Colosseum in the background490 views2 commentsJohny SYSEL
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New World, Maya, Lubaantun, Belize, Sign ruins490 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
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Concordia489 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, Rome, Appio-Claudian Aqueduct 1489 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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New World, Maya, Tikal, Guatemala484 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.
Germany, Trier - Amphitheater477 viewsthe entranceW. Kutschenko
Greece, Athens - Parthenon477 viewsTemple of Athena built by Perikles.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Austria, Vienna (Vindobona) - remains of Roman house from 2nd - 4th century477 viewsWien - Michaelerplatz Johny SYSEL
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New World, Maya, Lamanai, Belize475 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 - Basilika473 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
Jordan, Petra - The collonaded street471 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.
Italy, Rome, Ludus Magnus Gladiatorum470 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Italy, Rome, Colosseum 4468 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Germany, Trier - Porta Nigra467 viewsthe other side of the gateW. Kutschenko
Italy, Rome, Colosseum 3467 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Turkey, Ephesus - Central Square466 viewsPart of the central square of the terrace houses in Ephesus.memphius
New World, Maya, Lamanai, Belize459 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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New World, Maya, Lubaantun, Belize, Sign ruins close457 viewsMayadigger - Note the lack of mortar...very cool!Mayadigger
Jordan, Petra - Gate of Temenos456 viewsPetra, Gate of Temenospax
Germany, Trier - Basilika454 viewsLater on, the archbishop used it as his administrative center and it was enlarged by three palace wings after 1614W. Kutschenko
Germany, Trier - Amphitheater453 viewsThe way into arenaW. Kutschenko
Jordan, Petra - Theater449 viewsA vieuw on some graves and on the left side a theater.pax
Germany, Trier - Imperial baths448 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
Turkey, Ephesus - Wall fresco441 viewsLocated in the ongoing excavation of the upper-class terrace houses. Note the opening in the wall for circulation. The entire complex must have appeared like a luxury hotel with a central arbitorium.memphius
England, London (Londinium) - city walls437 viewsmodern bronze statue of Trajan

next to Tower Hill - station of London underground
New World, Maya, Xpuhil, Campeche, Mexico437 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
Jordan, Petra - Theater 2436 viewsThe remains, the side were the artists stood.
The theater was build in 100 a.c., and expanded in 106 when the Romans came.
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - silver gate435 viewseast gate leading to the centre of Split.Johny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Castor and Pollux411 viewsbuilt +- 450 BCJohny SYSEL
Jordan, Petra - The Treasury 2408 viewsAl-Khazneh Farun - The Faro treasure
This was build in 84-85 b.c., by king Aretas IV.
Greece, Bassae - Temple of Apollo Epikuros407 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.
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 2407 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Italy, Rome, Forum401 viewsView down onto the Roman forum. Palatine hill is in the background. Photo taken in 2005.1 commentsTitus Pullo
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - peristyle - sphinx401 viewsDiocletian's palace is historical centre of Split - Croatia.Johny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Arch of Constantine399 viewscommemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius
built in 315
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Yap Island, Micronesia, Stone money396 viewsThis larger example is known as "O'Keefe" money and is not as valuable as the earlier stone moneyMayadigger
Italy, Capua - Amphitheatre392 viewsSpartacus fought there.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Ephesus - temple of Artemis - 1 of the 7 wonders of ancien world386 viewsWe can only dream up what it was once.2 commentsJohny SYSEL
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New World, Peru384 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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New World, Peru 9381 viewsThe Temple of the Sun, the only round structure found here, is reported to have the finest stonework at the site.Mayadigger
Croatia, Pula - Chapel of St. Maria Formosa378 viewsThree naived basilica from the 6th century ADLegatus
Italy, Pompeii - victims of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.377 viewsOne of the unfortunate victims of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.1 commentsMark Zema
Greece, Delphi - theatre376 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Heracles374 viewsbuilt in 5. century BCJohny SYSEL
Yap Island, Micronesia, Stone money374 viewsMayadigger
Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius373 viewsBohemond
Greece, Delphi - temple of Apollo371 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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New World, Peru 12369 viewsAn excellent example of ancient Inca stonework; note that there is no mortar, nor is none necessary.Mayadigger
Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius367 viewsBohemond
Greece, Gortys (Peloponnese Arcadia) - sanctuary of Asclepius366 viewsGortys lost its influence after foundation of Megalopolis in 371 BC.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Mycenae - The Lion Gate366 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
Italy, Rome, Unidentified Bust, Museum on Palatine364 viewsMuseum on Palatine2 commentsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius363 viewsBohemond
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace363 viewsDiocletian's palace is historical centre of Split - Croatia.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Yap Island, Micronesia362 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
Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius361 viewsBohemond
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New World, Peru 7358 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
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - peristyle358 viewspart of cathedrale of St. Duje in the left upper cornerJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Istanbul - Alexander III in Lion Skin Head Dress - a frontal view - from the Alexander Sarcophagus in the Istanbul Museum355 viewsWe are accustomed to seeing the lion skin head dress in profile on coinage. Rarely are we afforded a more frontal view. I took this photo of Alexander the Great portrayed on the Alexander Sarcophagus in the Istanbul Museum. The head dress in nicely portrayed in three dimensions 2 commentsLloyd T
Italy, Pompeii - modest villa355 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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New World, Peru 13352 viewsStill exploring, with another grand vista of the Urubamba River Valley seen in the distance far below...Mayadigger
Greece, Athens - tower of the Winds351 viewson the Roman agora,
built in 50 BC - maybe earlier
Cyprus - Paphos - tomb351 viewsTombs were built between 400 BC and 300 AD.Johny SYSEL
Tunisia, Tunis (Carthage)350 viewsCarthage was completely destroyed 146 BC so all excavations are from roman times.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Arch of Titus349 viewsThe Arch of Titus, on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum, was completed by Domitian in 96 A.D. to commemorate Titus' victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The Arch of Titus has provided the general model for many of the triumphal arches erected since the 16th century—perhaps most famously it is the inspiration for the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, completed in 1836.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Pantheon inside349 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
Israel - Bar'am Synagogue346 viewsThis is one of the oldest synagogues in all of Israel.aarmale
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace, basement346 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
Italy, Rome, Pantheon346 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, Colosseum Arch of Constantine345 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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New World, Peru 15345 viewsMe and Sheri hamming it up! That's a wrap! Mayadigger
Cyprus, Paphos - tomb344 viewsTombs were built between 400 BC and 300 AD.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Concordia342 viewsgreek colony Akragas
temple from 5. century BC
Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius341 viewsBohemond
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New World, Peru 6340 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
Croatia, Pula - Temple of Augustus339 viewsDedicated to Augustus, the first Roman emperor.Legatus
Italy, Capua - Amphitheatre338 viewsThe second largest amphitheatre ... arena is only 10m shorter and 8m narrower than colosseumJohny SYSEL
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New World, Peru 8338 viewsA grand vista of the Inca ruin...Mayadigger
Italy, Rome, Colosseum336 views3 commentsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Delphi - tholos334 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Juno332 viewsbuilt in the 5. century BC and burnt in 406 BC by the Carthaginians
used for the celebration of weddings
Croatia, Pula - Colloseum332 viewsLegatus
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New World, Maya332 viewsMayadigger
Greece, Epidaurus - theatre331 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Arch of Titus329 viewsbuilt by Domitianus
commemorate victory of Titus in Jerusalem in the first Jewish–Roman War
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Aspendos, Roman theatre, Seating327 viewsAspendos has a strong claim to possess the best-preserved Roman theatre in the world. It dates from the mid-second century, completed during the last years of the reign of Antoninus Pius, to a design by a local architect, Zenon. The cavea seats over 10,000; walking around the top level, you can still find the original post holes for the masts fixing the velarium. 1 commentsAbu Galyon
Italy, Rome, Temple of Vesta327 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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New World, Peru 14327 viewsThat's me again, pointing out that "You can't put a knife-blade between these stones..." LOL!Mayadigger
Bulgaria, Varna - Odessos, Thrace Roman Baths327 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
Israel, Caesarea Maritima - Herod's Villa325 viewsAnother of Herod the Great's many residences.
This one is by the seaside.
Abu Galyon
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - Cathedral of St. Domnius (St. Duje)325 viewsCathedral of St. Duje is build over Diocletian's mausoleum.Johny SYSEL
Israel, Caesarea Maritima - Amphitheatre323 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
Greece, Athens - Temple of Olympian Zeus322 viewscompleted by HadrianusJohny SYSEL
Croatia, Pula - Colloseum321 viewsLegatus
Italy, Rome, Ara Pacis321 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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New World, Peru 5321 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
Greece, Delphi - Profile of the Charioteer of Delphi321 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
Greece, Corinth - temlpe of Apollo - Acrocorinth in the background320 viewsCorinth was completely destroyed by Romans in 146 BC - except this temple. Romans built new Corinth 100 years later.Johny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Arch of Septimius Severus320 viewsbuilt in 203 AD to commemorate the Parthian victories1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Cyprus, Paphos - theatre316 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Pompeii, July 2008316 viewsA picture high up on the wall of the brothel, depicting what the paying customer could expect in the room beneath it.Mark Zema
Bulgaria, Anchialos (Pomorie) Thracian Tomb316 viewsPomorie's ancient Thracian tombJoe Sermarini
France, Arles, Aquaduct315 viewsvacationchick
Greece, Athens - Theatre of Dionysus313 views17000 spectratorsJohny SYSEL
Croatia, Salona - Amphitheatre311 viewsSplit in the backgroundJohny SYSEL
Croatia, Pula - Floor Mosaic310 viewsAll that remains is a floor mosaic depicting the Punishment of Dirce.Legatus
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New World, Peru 4310 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
Croatia, Pula - Temple of Augustus307 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
Croatia, Pula - Colloseum307 viewsReferred to as the amphitheatre by the locals. Started by Augustus, enlarged by Claudius, and finished by the FlaviansLegatus
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace, basement304 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
Egypt, Cairo - Nilometer304 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
Greece, Cape Sounion - The Temple of Poseidon303 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
Egypt, Babylon300 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
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - temple of Jupiter298 viewslater converted to babtisteryJohny SYSEL
Greece, Delos - Wall in the Maritime Quarter298 viewsRemnant plasterwork and painting illustrates how the coarse stone walls were finished in the residential area that is the Maritime Quarter.1 commentsLloyd T
France, Nemausus - Bollard296 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
Italy, Pompeii - residential street296 viewsOne of the numerous residential streets in Pompeii. July 20081 commentsMark Zema
Greece, Delos - detail of the ancient pathway to Mt Kinthos292 viewsLloyd T
Italy, Rome, Pons Aemilius289 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.
3 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Aqua Claudia (aquaduct)289 viewsentrance to San Stefano RotondoJohny SYSEL
Greece, Corinth - Peirene fountain - Acrocorinth in the background287 viewsJohny SYSEL
England, Colchester, Balkerne Gate287 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: Sermarini
Turkey, Ephesus - Library286 viewsEaster 20071 commentsPotator II
Greece, Delphi - Ionian column and treasure of Athens285 viewsJohny SYSEL
Jordan, Amman - Acropolis285 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
France, Nemausus - Relief on the Amphitheatre284 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
Greece, Delphi - The Charioteer of Delphi283 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
France, Arles - Arena283 viewsvacationchick
Greece, Thera - Akrotiri 283 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
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace, temple of Jupiter283 viewsinterior with modern statue
Temple was converted to babtistery later.
Greece, Delphi - overlooking the Temple of Apollo281 views1 commentsLloyd T
Italy, Rome, The Column of Focas280 viewsThe Column of Phocas at Rome was erected before the Rostra and dedicated to the Emperor on 1 August 608. It was the last addition made to the Forum Romanum. The Corinthian column has a height of 13.6 m (44 ft). Both the column and the marble socle were recycled from earlier use. It still stands in its original location. An English translation of the inscription follows: To the best, most clement and pious ruler, our lord Phocas the perpetual emperor, crowned by God, the forever august triumphator, did Smaragdus, former praepositus sacri palatii and patricius and Exarch of Italy, devoted to His Clemency for the innumerable benefactions of His Piousness and for the peace acquired for Italy and its freedom preserved, this statue of His Majesty, blinking from the splendor of gold here on this tallest column for his eternal glory erect and dedicate, on the first day of the month of August, in the eleventh indiction in the fifth year after the consulate of His Piousness. Source: Image released to public domain.Joe Sermarini
Italy, Pompeii - graffiti279 viewsAncient graffiti (gladiator standing left) on a wall. Visitors can walk right up and touch it. July 2008Mark Zema
Italy, Rome, Basilica Ulpia and Trajan's column278 viewsChurch of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum in the background.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Kos - Asclepieion273 viewsparts of column, temple in the back ground.
Kos is place where Hippocrates (father of medicine) was born.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Capua - Amphitheatre273 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Delos - from the summit of Mt Kinthos270 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
Turkey, Çatalhöyük267 viewsÇatalhöyük (SE of Konya in Anatolia) is an outstanding Neolithic site. Excavation is ongoing, with the delicate mud brick architecture preserved under two large domes. There are no streets in Çatalhöyük; the buildings all abut one another and were accessed (using ladders) from the roof. The people of Çatalhöyük, it seems, had discovered how to construct houses, but hadn’t yet worked out the technology of doors and windows. 1 commentsAbu Galyon
Greece, Crete - Phaistos265 viewsMinoan palaceJohny SYSEL
France, Glanum - Tomb Monument265 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.
Greece, Messene - Stadium261 viewsJohny SYSEL
Spain, Segovia - Aqueduct261 views2 commentsViriathus
Greece, Didyma, The ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma260 views commentsJoe Sermarini
Greece, Olympia in Spring260 viewsA magical site at any time, but resplendent in Spring!1 commentsLloyd T
Czech Republic, Morava 259 viewshypocaustum at roman military camp - times of Marcomannic WarsBohemian
Turkey, Attalia (Antalya) - Hadrian's gate259 viewsA stylish triple-arched gateway erected in 130 CE to mark the emperor Hadrian’s visit to the city. It’s still used as one of the principal entrances to the historic Kaleiçi quarter of today’s Antalya. And it’s a very visible reminder of how much lower the street level was in Roman times. At the base of the central arch there are quite deep grooves formed by the passage of carts: hence the glass-bottomed footbridge, designed to save the modern pedestrian from a twisted ankle. Abu Galyon
France, Arles - The Baths of Constantine258 viewsArles: The Baths of Constantinevacationchick
Italy, Pompeii - bath258 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
Greece, Crete, Knossos - palace257 viewscenter of Minoan culture - the first civilization in Europe
Old palace is from 19th to 16th centuries BC
Greece, Delos - Grotto of Hercules257 viewsTo be found at the foot of the approach of Mt Kinthos.Lloyd T
France, Orange - Triumphal Arch256 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
Italy, Thurium, Planning assumptions of Thurium (Lucania)255 viewsPlanning assumptions of Thurium, by Archaeological Museum of Sibaritide (Sibari, Cs, Italy).1 commentsTaras
Greece, Crete, Knossos - palace253 viewscenter of Minoan culture - the first civilization in Europe
Old palace is from 19th to 16th centuries BC
France, Arles - Arena253 viewsArles Arenavacationchick
Italy, Rome, Arch of Dolabella252 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.
Greece, Kos - agora251 viewsKos is place where Hippocrates (father of medicine) was born.Johny SYSEL
France, Arles - Theatre251 viewsArles Theatrevacationchick
Italy, Pompeii - bakery251 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
Greece, Delos - Temple of Issis250 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
Greece, Delos - Maritime Quarter Streetscape250 viewsLloyd T
Greece, Delos water cistern249 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
Turkey, Side - Temple of Athena249 viewsSide’s temple of Athena, together with an adjacent temple dedicated to Apollo and a later Byzantine basilica, occupy a spectacular site on the edge of the city’s ancient harbour. This is wonderful, picture-postcard stuff! Unfortunately, the rest of Side is a dump: a ghastly collection of bars and discos, cheap eateries, souvenir shops and garish hotels, whatever charm it once had totally destroyed by modern mass tourism. The most disappointing ancient town I’ve ever visited. 1 commentsAbu Galyon
Greece, Messene - Ekklesiasterion248 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Delos - Mosaic Floor in the Maritime Quarter247 viewsInterestingly this mosaic floor features the symbol of Tanit a Carthaginian goddess.Lloyd T
France, Nemausus - Crocodile Fountain247 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
Greece, Athens, The Approach to the Pynx from the Agora247 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
Croatia, Pula - Twin Gate245 viewsLegatus
France, Arles - The Baths of Constantine244 viewsArles: The Baths of Constantinevacationchick
Italy, Rome, Baths of Caracalla244 viewsbuilt between 212 AD and 216 AD
Greece, Athens, The Pnyx - outer stone retaining wall.243 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
Italy, Rome, Colosseum242 viewsJohny SYSEL
France, Nemausus - Amphitheatre242 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
Italy, Sicily, Casale - roman villa - Basin at the entrance241 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.
Israel, Caesarea Maritima 241 viewsThe view north from Herod's Palace, looking over the hippodrome to the ancient port area beyond the distant headland.1 commentsLloyd
Greece, Delphi - The Head of the Charioteer of Delphi241 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.
Lloyd T
Turkey, Nymphaeum of Perge241 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
Croatia, Pula - Triumphal Arch of Sergius240 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
Italy, Pompeii240 viewsA well-known mosaic in an entryway of an affluent household, but it still never fails to please :-) July 2008Mark Zema
Italy, Aquileia - Roman house239 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Pantheon239 viewsbuilt by Agrippa 27 BC
rebuilt by Hadrian into present shape in 123 AD


In 609 panteon was converted into church of St. Mary and the Martyrs.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Delos - household well239 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
Turkey, Ephesus - Gate of Augustus238 viewsgate to agoraJohny SYSEL
Italy, Pompeii - villa 238 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
Greece, Athens - The Gate of Schliemann's House - Athens238 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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Tunisia, Tunis (Carthage) - bath of Antoninus236 viewsJohny SYSEL
France, Glanum - Temple235 viewsThe remains of a temple in the ancient city of Glanum (Saint-Rémy-en-Provence). Note the fine acroterion! Syltorian
Turkey, Ephesus - street connecting upper and lower town234 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina234 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.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Lybia, Sabratha - Scaenae Frons233 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
Greece, Delphi - The Temple of Apollo at Delphi232 viewsLloyd T
Greece, Sounion - The Temple of Poseidon232 viewsNot so ancient graffiti!1 commentsLloyd T
Israel, Caesarea Maritima - Herod's Hippodrome231 viewsLloyd
Greece, Corinth231 viewsApril 2011pitbull
Turkey, Cilicia, Olba, Temple of Zeus231 viewsPhoto by Klaus-Peter Simon 1995. Sermarini
Turkey, Ephesus - theatre230 views44000 spectators - maybe the largest ancient theatreJohny SYSEL
France, La Turbie - Trophée des Alpes230 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.
Greece, Messene - Arcadian gate229 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Delphi - The Theatre at Delphi overlooking the Temple of Apollo with the Treasury of the Athenians in the background229 viewsLloyd T
Greece, Messene - theatre228 viewsentrance to koilon - auditoriumJohny SYSEL
France, Nemausus - Tour Magne228 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
Israel, Caesarea Maritima - the less desirable view south from Herod's Palace228 viewsDog's in the palace pool and now this. How the mighty have fallen!Lloyd
Greece, Delphi - The Stadium at Delphi228 viewsLooking from the marker at the farthest end from the starting line.Lloyd T
Greece, Messene - Stadium - "VIP sector"227 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Kos - Asclepieion - mosaique of Satyr?227 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Capua - Amphitheatre227 viewsJohny SYSEL
France, Nimes, Maison Carrée, Temple227 viewsvacationchick
Turkey, Ephesus - street in upper town226 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Ephesus - Library of Celsus226 viewsJohny SYSEL
Tunisia, Tunis (Carthage) - bath of Antoninus225 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Delos - an altar225 viewsLloyd T
Italy, Rome, Colosseum223 viewsbuilt between 70 AD and 80 AD1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Messene - ancient spring222 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Ephesus - temple of Hadrian221 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Mycenian bridge221 viewsbetween Nafplio and EpidaurusJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Aspendos, Roman theatre, Stage building221 viewsThe scaenae frons is similarly largely undamaged. The stage building had secondary use, first as a caravanserai and later as a residence for the Seljuk governor of the city! Abu Galyon
Greece, Delos - On the Ascent of Mt Kinthos221 viewsLloyd T
Greece, Messene - Stadium - votiv column220 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Delos - the ancient theatre220 viewsLloyd T
Turkey, Ephesus - Library of Celsus219 viewsThis building had two-storied façade but was three-storied.
built ca. CE 125 by Gaius Julius Aquila
once held nearly 12,000 scrolls
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento, Temple of Concordia219 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.
2 commentsJoe Sermarini
Italy, Rome, Colosseum218 views50000 spectators

It has been estimated that about 500000 people and over a million wild animals died in the Colosseum games.
Greece, Delos - On the Ascent to the Summit of Mt Kinthos218 viewsThis sort of material is to be found everywhere on the site of ancient Delos.Lloyd T
Israel, Herodion217 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
Greece, Olympia - epigraphy216 viewsTo be found on the approach to the ancient Olympic stadium.Lloyd T
Israel, Sepphoris - 'Mona Lisa' Mosaic215 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
Greece, Delphi - The Charioteer of Delphi214 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.
Lloyd T
France, Nimes - Arena214 viewsvacationchick
France, St Romain-en-Gal213 viewsfrescoes and mosaicsvacationchick
Greece, Athens - The Temple of Olympian Zeus 213 viewsLloyd T
Greece, Mycenae - Lion gate212 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Mycenae - tomb of Klytaimnéstra212 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Olympia - Epigraphy212 viewsTo be found on the approach to the ancient Olympic stadium.Lloyd T
Israel, Masada - pile of ancient catapult projectiles - Ouch!212 views1 commentsLloyd
France, St Romain-en-Gal211 viewsroad... did it lead to Rome?vacationchick
Italy, Rome, Capitoline Museums, Esquiline Venus211 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
France, St Romain-en-Gal210 viewsmosaicsvacationchick
Italy, Pompeii - street210 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
Greece, Athens, The Acropolis from the Pnyx.210 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
Turkey, Ephesus - street leading to harbour209 viewsIn ancient times Ephesus had harbour but alluviums of local river moved coast 5,6 km further.Johny SYSEL
France, St Romain-en-Gal209 viewsmosaicvacationchick
France, St Romain-en-Gal209 viewsmosaicvacationchick
Greece, Olympia - Temple of Zeus fallen columns209 viewsLloyd T
Greece, Olympia - Entrence to Olypmic stadium208 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Miletos208 viewsEaster 20071 commentsPotator II
Italy, Rome, Original ancient door from Curia207 viewsnow it is in Basilica of St. John Lateran ... seat of Pope until he moved to Vatican1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Perga - Agora (Shop Sign)207 viewsHidden away in one corner of the agora is this rather delightful trading sign. The meat hook and knife presumably indicate that this location was a butcher’s shop. Abu Galyon
Jordan, Jerash - Temple of Artemis207 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
France, Nimes - Arena museum205 viewsvacationchick
Italy, Cosenza, Sibari (Thurium), Street205 viewsLucania, Thourioi.
Today Sibari (Cosenza), Italy
Greece, Olympia - start line at Olympic stadium204 viewsgrooves hold Athlets' toes during startJohny SYSEL
Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor204 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.
Israel, Masada - Remains of a Roman Seige Encampment204 viewsLloyd
Turkey, Aphrodisias - Aphrodite's temple with tetrapylon203 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Greece, Philippi202 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.
France, Pont du Gard - aqueduct202 viewsvacationchick
France, St Romain-en-Gal - public toilet202 viewspublic toiletvacationchick
Italy, Pompeii - storage at forum201 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Orvieto - Etruscan temple201 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor201 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.
Italy, Pompeii - temple of Apollo200 viewsJohny SYSEL
France, St Romain-en-Gal200 viewsmosaicvacationchick
Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor200 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.
Greece, Olympia - Temple of Hera200 viewsLloyd T
Turkey, Ephesus - Library of Celsus199 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Olympia - temple of Hera199 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Aquileia - forum199 viewsJohny SYSEL
Israel, Masada - The room in which lots were drawn199 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.
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Greece, Corinth -- April 2011198 viewspitbull
Italy, Rome, Baths of Caracalla198 views SYSEL
France, St Romain-en-Gal197 viewsmosaics and pillarsvacationchick
France, Vienne197 viewsarchesvacationchick
Italy, Rome, Baths of Caracalla197 views SYSEL
Israel, Tzipporri - Tzipporri Mosaic196 viewsA mosaic found in Tzipporri, Israel.aarmale
France, Nimes - Arena196 viewsNimes Arenavacationchick
France, St Romain-en-Gal196 viewshousesvacationchick
Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor196 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.
Turkey, Perga - Agora196 viewsPerge’s principal market square is a substantial space (sides approximately 75m) dating mostly from the 2nd century CE and colonnaded on all four sides. At its centre is a small circular temple (just over 13m diameter) of uncertain dedication: presumably either Hermes or (perhaps more likely) Tyche. Abu Galyon
Turkey, Ephesus - theatre195 viewsJohny SYSEL
France, Nimes - Arena194 viewsvacationchick
Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor194 viewsPost-Theodorian North hall (middle of the 4th century)Johny SYSEL
Israel, Caesarea Maritima - Herod's Pool193 viewsLloyd
Turkey, Istanbul (Constantinople) - Yerebatan Saray Cistern192 viewsThe cistern was build in the year 542 under the reign of Justinian. It is positioned near the Hagia Sophia museum. The Gorgo (a female monster with serpents instead of hairs- one view can kill) head belongs to an old unknown monument and was used here in this cistern a second time as a base of a column. The cistern consists of 336 columns. But only 2 gorgo heads can be seen in the cistern. Franz-Josef M
Israel, Qumran - Tower192 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
France, Nimes - Roman tower191 viewsMont Cavalier is crowned by the Tour Magne ("Great Tower"), a ruined Roman tower.vacationchick
Italy, Aquileia - mosaic floor191 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)
Turkey, Aspendos - Theater's entrance190 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Italy, Cerveteri - Etruscan necropolis190 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Aquileia - basilica190 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.
Italy, Ostia - mosaique floor190 viewsJohny SYSEL
France, St Romain en Gal189 viewsmosaicvacationchick
France, St Romain-en-Gal189 viewsstatuevacationchick
Italy, Rome, Capitoline Museums, Capitoline Venus189 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Pompeii - cemetary188 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Eflatun pinar188 viewsThe name means ‘lilac spring’. If you are travelling between Konya (Iconium) and Yalvaç (Pisidian Antioch) it’s only a short detour to visit this delightfully secluded site near Lake Beyşehir. The stones are the remains of a small Hittite temple or sanctuary, dating from perhaps the 14th or 13th century BCE. Abu Galyon
Italy, Ostia - house near forum188 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Taormina - theatre187 viewsJohny SYSEL
Israel, Caesearea Maritima Hippodrome - Tsunami Deposit187 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
Turkey, Ephesus - Temple of Hadrian - Easter 2007187 viewsPotator II
France, Pont du Gard - aqueduct187 viewsvacationchick
Italy, Ostia - house near forum187 viewsJohny SYSEL
Greece, Olympia - In the Stadium at Olympia187 viewsThe winner of the 2006 Ride on Mower final crosses the line in the stadium.Lloyd T
Israel, Jericho - Herod's Palace187 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
Turkey, Hierapolis - necropolis186 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Hermaphrodite186 viewsPalazzo Massimo alle TermeJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Forum186 views1999

I think this is ( or near) The Forum - Temple of Saturn
randy h2
Turkey, Ephesus - theatre185 viewsJohny SYSEL
France, Nimes - Jardins de la Fontaine185 viewsDecorated with vases and statues, the Jardins de la Fontaine count as one of the major public gardens in Europe. They were laid out in the eighteenth century on the site of the ancient spring, an area that includes the Tour Magne and the Temple of Diana.vacationchick
Israel, Qumran - Cave 4185 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
Jordan, Petra - Roman Soldier's Tomb185 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
Greece, Olympia - tholos184 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Ferentium - Roman theatre184 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Circus Maximus184 views600m x 200m
+- 320000 spectators
last race in 549 AD
Lybia, Sabratha - Theatre184 viewsThe theatre of the ancient city of Sabratha (Libya), built during the reign of the Severans, reconstructed by Mussolini. Syltorian
Italy, Pompeii - Vesuv in the background183 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Pompeii - Forum183 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Villa Casale - room of the 10 girls in bikinis183 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.
Italy, Rome, Pantheon183 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Termessos - Theatre183 viewsThough Termessos is fairly close to a major tourist resort (Antalya) it’s not over-visited, perhaps because it’s a fairly steep uphill climb to reach the principal monuments from the nearest point where you can park. But the effort is worth it: the setting (inside Güllük Daği National Park) is spectacular and the ruins at this unrestored site are as romantic a pile of tumble-down stones as anyone could wish for. Abu Galyon
Greece, Thasos - theatre182 viewsphoto was taken in 2000
now theatre is reconstructed :-(
France, Nimes - The Castellum182 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
Italy, Cerveteri - Etruscan necropolis182 viewsTomba dei Rilievi
4th century BC
Italy, Sybaris, Planning assumptions of Sybaris (Lucania)182 viewsPlanning assumptions of Sybaris by Archaeological Museum of Sibaritide (Sibari, Cs, Italy)Taras
Greece, Amphipolis: The Lion of Amphipolis182 viewsThe first pieces of this rather grand monument were discovered near the banks of the River Strymon in 1912 by Greek soldiers during the Second Balkan War. Further finds were made in 1916 and in 1930-32 during the creation of Lake Kerkini. The Lion was restored (and partly reconstructed) in 1937.

The sculpted Lion itself is 5.3m tall, on its base it stands over 8m high. It is plausibly dated to the late 4th century BCE. Recent work on the Kasta Tomb, which is about 4km distant, has revealed further fragments also apparently belonging to the Lion and it may be the case that the Lion originally surmounted that tomb and was only later moved to its present location.

Nobody knows what or who the monument commemorates; perhaps ongoing work on the Kasta Tomb will illuminate matters. A quite similar, somewhat smaller, statue, the “The Lion of Chaeronea”, honours the Sacred Band of Thebes, which was wiped out at the battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE. But while several ancient sources (including Pausanias and Strabo) mention the Chaeronea lion and the circumstances of its construction, there is no ancient record of the Amphipolis lion.
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Turkey, Hierapolis - theatre181 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Istanbul (Constantinople) - Halikarnassos mausoleum lion181 viewsThis is a lion from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos (now Bodrum Turkey), one of the seven world wonders. Now in the archaeological museum of Istanbul. Behind the lion is a picture of the reconstruction of the building.The building is now nearly completely destroyed.Franz-Josef M
France, Nimes, Maison Carrée, Temple181 viewsvacationchick
Italy, Ostia - capitol on forum181 viewsJohny SYSEL
Jordan, Gadara181 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
Turkey, Hierapolis - main street180 viewsHierapolis was used as spa since Hellenistic times.Johny SYSEL
Italy, Pompeii - Odeon180 viewsJohny SYSEL
France, Nimes, Maison Carrée, Temple180 viewsvacationchick
Italy, Rome, Column of Marcus Aurelius180 viewsIt was built in 176 or later after death of Marcus Aurelius to celebrate victory over Marcomani and Quadi and Sarmatians. Johny SYSEL
Turkey, Istanbul (Constantinople) - Obelisk Thutmosis Hippodrom180 viewsEgypt obelisk (from Thutmosis III temple of Karnak 1471 before christ). now on the Hippodrom place (where in ancient times was a horse race-track) in Instanbul, erected under the reign of Theodosius in the year 390 after christ.Franz-Josef M
Croatia, Ruins of the amphitheater of Solin180 viewsRuins of the amphitheater of Salona, Dalmatia (Solin, Croatia).,_CroatiaJoe Sermarini
Turkey, Hierapolis - theatre179 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Colosseum179 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Domitian's stadium on Palatin179 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Palace of Domitian179 viewson PalatinJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Istanbul (Constantinople)179 viewsHagia Sophia (translated holy wisdom).Erected in the 6th Century (the third church at this place) during the reign of Iustinianus I. It was the main church of the byzantine empire. After the conquering of Constantinople by the osmanic turks in 1453 it became a mosque and then since 1935 a museum.Franz-Josef M
Italy, Pompeii - villa of Meneander178 viewsJohny SYSEL
Slovakia, Gerulata 178 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.
Italy, Rome, Capitoline Museums, Diana178 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Ephesus - street leading from harbour to agora177 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Hierapolis - necropolis177 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Populonia - mosaic177 viewsThis mosaic was found already in the early 19 th century, it shows many sea animals and a ship wreck.Franz-Josef M
France, Nimes - Jardins de la Fontaine177 viewsDecorated with vases and statues, the Jardins de la Fontaine count as one of the major public gardens in Europe. They were laid out in the eighteenth century on the site of the ancient spring, an area that includes the Tour Magne and the Temple of Diana.vacationchick
Turkey, Ephesus - Domitian's temple176 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Libya, The theatre of the Roman city of Sabratha176 viewsPhoto made by the author (duimdog) of the theatre of the Roman city of Sabratha in Libya. For more images of Sabratha See also my Sabratha photoset on Flickr.Source:

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
Joe Sermarini
Turkey, Hierapolis - necropolis175 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Hierapolis - main street175 viewsHierapolis was used as spa since Hellenistic times.Johny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Syracuse - temple of Athena175 viewsbuilt in 480 BC
in 7. century AD adapted to basilica
Italy, Paestum, Temple of Apollo175 viewsFirstly it was thought it's temple of Poseidon, then it's the second temple of Hera and now it's thought it's temple 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
Turkey, Istanbul (Constantinople) - Yerebatan Saray Cistern175 viewsThe second Gorgo of the Cistern. I saw a third Gorgo in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul. The original temple, from where the Gorgos were removed is still unknown. Franz-Josef M
Croatia, Salona (Solin) - Baths175 viewsSalona (Solin), Croatia - Baths.,_CroatiaJoe Sermarini
Greece, Tiryns174 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.
Italy, Pompeii - Forum174 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Temple of Venus and Roma174 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
France, Nimes - Temple of Diane173 viewsvacationchick
Jordan, Jerash - Oval Plaza173 viewsJerash is ancient Gerasa in Jordan, one of the Decapolis cities. The superb Oval Plaza stands at one end of the Cardo.Abu Galyon
Israel, The Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem172 viewsPhoto by Andrew Shiva.Joe Sermarini
Greece, Thasos - agora172 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Vulci - brick edifice172 viewsremains of Roman thermal complexJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, National Museum of Rome, Suicide of a Gaul 172 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.
Spain, Torre d'en Galmés, Menorca172 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.
Israel, Nazareth - Rolling Stone Tomb172 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
Israel, Caesarea Maritima - Herod's Palace Poolside171 viewsLloyd
Jordan, Petra - 'Little Petra'171 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
Italy, Pompeii - Amphitheatre170 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Piombino, Museo Archeologico del Territorio di Populonia170 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
Israel, Caesarea Maritima - the sweet view from Herod's Palace170 viewsLloyd
Jordan, Petra - Khasneh170 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
Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu169 viewsDetail of mosaic.pax
Turkey, Istanbul (Constantinople) - Yerebatan Saray Cistern169 viewsA mysterious place under modern Istanbul. The technical data: the cistern is 138 m long and 65 m wide, the capacity is 21 million US gallons of water or 80.000 cubic meters, 336 marble columns. Franz-Josef M
Italy, Rome, Forum169 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.
randy h2
Italy, Rome, Colosseum168 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Colosseum167 viewshall inside colloseumJohny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Syracuse - Ear of Dionysius166 viewscave in stone quarries, also used as prisons in ancient timesJohny SYSEL
Italy, Populonia - necropole166 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
Greece, Rhodes Acropolis of Lindos166 viewsIn the background you can see the steep steps of medieval time.Franz-Josef M
Italy, Rome, Forum, arch of Septimius Severus and Curia166 viewspitbull
Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu166 viewsremains of the floor of a roman villa (with heating) underneath a 16th cent. farmer housepax
Italy, Rome, Colosseum with arch of Constantine in the background165 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Paestum, Temple of Apollo165 viewsFirstly it was thought it's temple of Poseidon, then it's the second temple of Hera and now it's thought it's temple 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
Greece, Rhodes165 viewsView on the acropolis of LindosFranz-Josef M
Israel, Jerusalem - Kidron Valley (1)165 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
Israel, Masada - Roman Encampment and Seige Ramp165 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
Greece, Rhodes164 viewssteps to the Acropolis of Lindos on RhodesFranz-Josef M
Turkey, Hierapolis - Easter 2007164 viewsPotator II
Italy, Cerveteri - Etruscan necropolis164 viewsJohny SYSEL
England, Roman Baths, Bath (1)163 viewsThese celebrated Roman Baths were unknown until, in 1880, sewer workers uncovered the first glimpse of Roman structures under the Georgian Spa. This led to the discovery of the Roman Baths and their treasures.

The walls, columns and parapet that surround the Great Bath today were built in the Victorian period, and the "Roman" statues that gaze down upon the pool from the upper walkway are also Victorian.

This photograph was taken in the 19th century not long after the Baths were discovered and before the Victorian structures we see today were built.
Greece, Thera - Akrotiri 163 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."
Italy, Rome, Vatican Museums, Marble busts163 viewsVatican MuseumsJohny SYSEL
Jordan, Petra - Ed Deir163 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
Italy, Paestum, Temple of Athena162 viewsgreek colony Poseidonia
built +- 500 BC
France, Nimes - Jardins de la Fontaine162 viewsDecorated with vases and statues, the Jardins de la Fontaine count as one of the major public gardens in Europe. They were laid out in the eighteenth century on the site of the ancient spring, an area that includes the Tour Magne and the Temple of Diana.vacationchick
Italy, Rome, Forum162 viewsJohny SYSEL
Spain, Talaiot de Torellonet Vell162 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.

Italy, Cerveteri - Etruscan necropolis161 viewsTomba dei Rilievi
4th century BC
Italy, Rome, Forum from Palatino161 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.
Italy, Rome, Forum of Augustus161 viewsIt includes the Temple of Mars UltorJohny SYSEL
Italy, Ostia - antica Thermae 161 viewsBohemian
Jordan, Jerash - Nymphaeum161 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
Turkey, Hierapolis of Phrygia - Theater161 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Italy, Sicily, Syracuse - amphitheatre160 viewsJohny SYSEL
South Korea, Woraksan 160 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
Greece, Rhodes plan of Lindos160 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
Franz-Josef M
Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu160 viewsspace for the warm air that heated the floorpax
Italy, Rome, Pantheon160 viewsbuilt by Agrippa 27 BC
rebuilt by Hadrian into present shape in 123 AD

remains of Neptune's basilica
Israel, Qumran - Refectory160 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
Turkey, Hierapolis - roman bath159 views(northern bath)Johny SYSEL
Italy, Paestum, Temple of Hera159 viewsgreek colony Poseidonia
temple built +- 550 BC
Italy, Rome, Temple of Hadrian159 viewsbuilt by Antoninus Pius in 145 AD
now occupied by the Borsa bank
Israel, Jerusalem - Kidron Valley (2)159 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
Jordan, Petra - Silk Tomb159 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
Italy, Venice - Grand Canal and St. Marks159 viewsVeiw from the ferry 1999randy h2
Italy, Rome, Temple of Hercules Victor158 viewsForum Boarium

built in the later second century BC

In 1132 the temple was converted to a church, known as Santo Stefano alle Carozze.
Italy, Sicily, Taormina - theatre - Etna in the background157 viewscalled Greek theatre but was built by Romans - maybe greek foundationsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Syracuse - greek theatre157 viewsbuilt in the 5. century BC
15000 spectrators
one of the largest greek theatres
Italy, Paestum, Temple of Athena157 viewsgreek colony Poseidonia
built +- 500 BC

this temple was used as church but temple of Apollo and Hera weren't.
South Korea, Woraksan - Buddha157 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
Israel, Qumran - Miqvah157 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
Israel, The Herodium Theatre156 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
Italy, Ferentium - Roman theatre156 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Perga - Roman Baths156 viewsThe hot room (caldarium); some traces of the original marble flooring are visible at the far end. Underneath, a well-preserved hypocaust of slightly unusual design, based on pilae tiles formed into arches rather than the more common upright stacks. Abu Galyon
Italy, Volterra - Roman theatre 155 viewsfirst century BCJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme - Discobolos155 viewsPalazzo Massimo alle TermeJohny SYSEL
Italy, Venice - Bridge of Sighs155 viewsBridge of Sighs 1999randy h2
Italy, Populonia - Content of an etruscian grave 154 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
Greece, Rhodes grave of Kleobulos153 viewsHellenistic grave - it was named after one of the seven wise man, Kleobulos who lived in Lindos.Franz-Josef M
Italy, Rome, Mausoleum of Hadrian and Pons Aelius153 viewsbuilt between 135 AD and 139 AD
bridge was built in 134 AD

Hadrian and Sabina,
Antoninus Pius and Faustina,
Lucius Verus,
Marcus Aurelius,
Septimius Severus and
Caracalla were buried here.
Italy, Ostia - mosaique153 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Porta Asinaria153 viewsgate in the Aurelian Walls built 270-273 AD

(near San Giovanni in Laterano)
Turkey, Ruins of the main street in Perga, capital of Pamphylia, Asia Minor.153 views 23 February 2006. Joe Sermarini
Turkey, Istanbul - Medusa's marble head152 viewsIn the Underground Cistern, was taken from Tarsus in ancient times.
May 2011
Greece, Rhodes Lindos151 viewsRestored Stoa on the acropolis of LindosFranz-Josef M
Italy, Rome, Temple of Saturn151 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.
Italy, Rome, Temple of Portunus151 viewsForum Boarium

built in 75 BC
converted to church in 872
Italy, Rome, Republican temples151 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"."

Turkey, Perga - Agora and Macellum151 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Jordan, Machaerus151 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
Italy, Rome, Coliseum151 viewsColiseum 1999randy h2
England, Roman Baths, Bath (2)151 viewsThis is a Photochrome print of the Roman Baths, Bath, England taken sometime between 1895 and 1905.
It shows the new Victorian embellishments added to the Baths since their discovery in the 1880's and which, for the most part, are the works that visitors to the site see today.
The familiar green hue of the pool seen by modern visitors is caused by algae, resulting from the water's exposure to the open air. In Roman times the pool was roofed over and its waters, while perhaps not crystal clear, would almost certainly not have been green.

Photochrome prints are coloured images produced from black-and-white photographic negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic printing plates.
Italy, Ostia - 150 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Porticus Octaviae149 viewsBuilt by Augustus in the name of his sister, Octavia Minor, after 27 BC.Johny SYSEL
Italy, Ostia - 149 viewsJohny SYSEL
Israel, Masada - Walls and Roman Seige Ramp in side view149 viewsLloyd
Turkey, Perga - Collonaded Street149 viewsPart of the wide (20m) colonnaded boulevard which runs almost the whole length of the lower city (over 500m), testimony to Perge’s importance as a commercial centre. In antiquity both sides of the street would have been lined with fancy shops, and the ‘shopping experience’ was enhanced by an ornamental water canal running down the middle of the road, fed from the nymphaeum which you can see at the far end. Beyond the nymphaeum is the path leading up to the city’s acropolis. Abu Galyon
Italy, Vulci - cryptoportico148 viewshall in the basement of magnificent aristocrat's residence from the late 2nd century BCJohny SYSEL
Italy, Rome, Pyramid of Cestius148 viewsbuilt in 12 BC by Gaius Cestius Epulo
base: 29.6 m (100 Roman feet)
high: 37 m (125 Roman feet)

C · CESTIVS · L · F · POB · EPULO · PR · TR · PL


inscription from 1663: INSTAVRATVM · AN · DOMINI · MDCLXIII
Italy, Rome, Temple of Apollo Sosianus148 viewsName derives from its final rebuilder: Gaius Sosius.
Construction begun in 34 BC.
Italy, Rome, Theatre of Marcellus148 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
Turkey, Pergamum - Theatre148 viewsThe Hellenistic theatre at Pergamum is extraordinary. It’s built into a steep hill-side, in close proximity to the city’s famous altar of Zeus, as well as to temples dedicated to Athena and Dionysus. But the constraints of the chosen site meant that the theatre could not take the ‘normal’ Greek shape (rather more than a semi-circle). Instead, to fit in the required number of seats, the cavea was extended vertically: there are 78 rows. The result is vertiginous. Abu Galyon
Israel, Masada - Looking Down the Roman Seige Ramp148 viewsIndustrious bunch those Romans!Lloyd
Israel, The Herodium148 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
Turkey, Pergamum - Acropolis147 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu147 viewsremains of roman villa underneath a 16th cent farmer house, mosaic floorpax
Italy, Ostia - temple of Ceres147 viewsJohny SYSEL
Israel, Qumran - Scriptorium147 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
Italy, Palestrina, Ruins of the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia147 views Sermarini
Israel, Scythopolis ampitheatre147 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
Israel, Masada146 viewsAtop Masada, the Dead Sea and the shores of Jordan in the distant haze.Lloyd
Greece, Rhodes146 viewsship carved in the rock on the acropolis of LindosFranz-Josef M
Italy, Rome, Temple of Venus Genetrix146 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.
Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu145 viewsTempel at the site of a Villa Rustica, build in the 1st cent. AD.
Transformed into a church and abandoned in the 6th cent.
Lybia, Sabratha - Detail of Scaenae Frons145 viewsA relief in one of the niches of the theatre frontSyltorian
Italy, Sicily, Syracuse - temple of Apollo144 viewsfrom 6. century BC
adapted to a church in Byzantine times and to a mosque under Arab rule
Italy, Populonia - Etruscian necropole144 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
Italy, Rome, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, sarcophagus 144 viewsPalazzo Massimo alle Terme

there is also great collection of roman coins.
Turkey, Miletos - Theater144 viewsEaster 2007Potator II
Greece, Rhodes Lindos 143 viewsLindos Acropolis and villageFranz-Josef M
Greece, Rhodes Lindos inscription 142 viewsFranz-Josef M
Turkey, Ilium - Troy (Turkey) - Odeon142 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Italy, Rome, Flavian Palace - Domus Flavia (and Circo Massimo)141 viewsThe Flavian Palace, also known as Domus Flavia, is a part of the vast residential complex of the Roman Emperors on the Palatine Hill in Rome. It was completed in 92 AD in the reign of Titus Flavius Domitianus, more commonly known as the Emperor Domitian, and attributed to his master architect, Rabirius. Well known for its grandeur, the Flavian Palace was more commonly used for purposes of state, while the Domus Augustana, an enormous, lavishly ornamented palace south of the Flavian Palace, was the Emperor’s primary residence.


by Doug Coldwell
Joe Sermarini
Israel, The Herodium Pool Complex141 viewsLloyd
Italy, Ravenna, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia140 viewsit is describbed as "the earliest and best preserved of all mosaic monuments, and at the same time one of the most artistically perfect"

The building was formerly the oratory of the Church of the Holy Cross and now contains three sarcophagi. The largest sarcophagus was thought to contain the remains of Galla Placidia (died 450). Other is attributed to her husband, Emperor Constantius III. The last sarcophagus is attributed to Galla's son, Emperor Valentinian III, or to her brother, Emperor Honorius.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Populonia - mosaic, nearly total view140 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
Israel, The Herodium - Summit Interior View140 viewsLloyd
Italy, Rome, Porta San Paolo140 viewsgate in Aurelian wallsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Istanbul (Constantinople) The Land Wall140 viewsThe Land Wall of Theodosius stretches for 6.5 km from the Golden Horn to the Sea of Marmara. The first phase (a single wall with towers) was complete by 413; after a major earthquake in 447 the Wall was rebuilt and strengthened (a second outer screen and a moat were added), just in time to discourage Attila the Hun from attacking the city. The fortifications included 96 guard towers, each 18-20 m in height and spaced roughly 55 m apart. The Land Wall remained a formidable defensive barrier until the advent of artillery in the 15th century. Even in ruins, and with vegetables growing in the moat, it's still an impressive sight today. Abu Galyon
Israel, Megiddo / Jezreel Valley140 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.
Turkey, Colossae140 viewsAnother Anatolian tel awaiting excavation (or perhaps looters if the archaeologists delay too long): this is the site of ancient Colossae in the Lycus valley. Modern Christian pilgrims touring the ‘Seven Churches of Asia’ visit nearby Laodicea but generally ignore this place, which is slightly odd because Saint Paul did address one of his letters to the congregation resident here. Of course, there’s little to see apart from the usual surface scatter of shards. Abu Galyon
Italy, Ostia - mosaique139 viewsHippocampsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Ostia - 139 viewsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Ravenna, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia138 viewsit is describbed as "the earliest and best preserved of all mosaic monuments, and at the same time one of the most artistically perfect"

The building was formerly the oratory of the Church of the Holy Cross and now contains three sarcophagi. The largest sarcophagus was thought to contain the remains of Galla Placidia (died 450). Other is attributed to her husband, Emperor Constantius III. The last sarcophagus is attributed to Galla's son, Emperor Valentinian III, or to her brother, Emperor Honorius.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Italy, Piombino, Museo Archeologico del Territorio di Populonia138 viewsGold found in graves of the ancient etruscan PopuloniaFranz-Josef M
Israel, The Herodium - Water Cistern138 viewsLloyd
Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu138 viewsfrigidarium, cold bath. with fishes pax
Italy, Ostia - theatre138 viewsrebuilt by CommodusJohny SYSEL
Italy, Ostia - mosaique138 viewsJohny SYSEL
Jordan, Petra - Qasr al-Bint138 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
Italy, Piombino, Museo Archeologico del Territorio di Populonia137 viewsAmphora of barrati, a amphora totally of silver found in the sea near PiombinoFranz-Josef M
Italy, Rome, Pons Fabricius137 viewsOldest bridge in Rome - built in 62 BC and still existing in its original state.Johny SYSEL
Spain, Torralba d'en Salord137 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.
Spain, Naveta des Tudons137 viewsPlace: Naveta des Tudons, Menorca
Country: Spain

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.
Italy, Sicily, Villa Casale136 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.
Italy, Populonia135 viewsEtruscan graveFranz-Josef M
South Korea, Woraksan - Buddha135 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
Italy, Rome, Colosseum, Inside -- May, 2011135 viewspitbull
Turkey, Kaunos: The Baetyl Sanctuary135 viewsThe flat terrace above the agora and harbour of Kaunos has a long history of sacred use. In late antiquity a three-nave Christian church was constructed here. Before that (from the first century BCE) the site was a temple and temenos dedicated to Zeus Soteros. Earlier still (perhaps fifth century BCE) is this unusual round structure, built at an angle to the axis of the later temple.

When first uncovered, the structure’s purpose seemed mysterious. But the mystery was partially solved when archaeologists sank a trench underneath the central flat circular slab and found a large, roughly conical baetyl, 3.5m in height resting on bedrock about 6.5m below the present surface. This sacred stone, associated with the eponymous founder of the city, appears as a design on several of the city’s coins.

Note that the inner ring wall is plastered on its interior surface, suggesting that quantities of water (or other liquids) were involved in whatever rituals were conducted here.
Abu Galyon
Turkey, Lystra135 viewsLystra has never been excavated, so the mound you’re looking at is a typical Middle Eastern ‘tel’. However, an inscription was found here (now displayed in the Konya Archaeological Museum) which makes the site identification secure. Lystra has significant New Testament links: Barnabas and Paul while visiting Lystra were mistaken for gods [Acts 14:6ff] and Paul’s companion Timothy was born here [Acts 16:1]. Abu Galyon
Greece, Rhodes grave of Kleobulos 134 viewsThe grave was used as a chapel in the medievalFranz-Josef M
Italy, Populonia132 viewsEtruscan graveFranz-Josef M
Italy, Port facilities of Sybaris132 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. Sermarini
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Juno Lacinia131 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.
Joe Sermarini
Turkey, Pergamum - Asclepion131 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Italy, Rome, Curia Iulia, Forum Romanum131 viewsCuria Julia (Latin: Curia Iulia, Italian: Curia Iulia) is the third named Curia, or Senate House, in the ancient city of Rome. It was built in 44 BC when Julius Caesar replaced Faustus Cornelius Sulla’s reconstructed Curia Cornelia, which itself had replaced the Curia Hostilia. Caesar did this in order to redesign both spaces within the Comitium and Forum Romanum. The alterations within the Comitium reduced the prominence of the senate and cleared the original space. The work, however, was interrupted by Caesar's assassination at the Theatre of Pompey where the Senate had been meeting temporarily while the work was completed. The project was eventually finished by Caesar’s successor Augustus in 29 BC. The Curia Julia is one of only a handful of Roman structures to survive to the modern day mostly intact, due to its conversion into the basilica of Sant'Adriano al Foro in the 7th century and several later restorations. However the roof, together with the upper elevations of the side walls and rear façade, are modern. These parts date from the remodeling of the deconsecrated church in the 1930s.Joe Sermarini
Italy, Rome, Porta San Giovanni131 viewsgate in the Aurelian Wall
gate was built for pope Gregory XIII

(near San Giovanni in Laterano)
Turkey, Yakapinar (Mopsos) - Mosaics depicting Noah's Ark in the Misis Mosaic Museum130 viewsMosaics depicting Noah's Ark from ancient Mopsos in the Misis Mosaic Museum.1 commentsJoe Sermarini
Portugal, Algarve, Site of Milreu130 viewsdetail of the fishespax
Italy, Ostia - 130 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Istanbul, Rumeli Hisari130 viewsRumeli Hisari means ‘Rumelian Castle’: Rumelia (derived from ‘Rome’) being the Turkish word for the Balkan lands which once belonged to the Roman (Byzantine) Empire. The Rumeli Hisari was constructed in 1452 a few miles north of Constantinople on the European side of the Bosphorus by order of Sultan Mehmet II. Impressively, the whole fortress was built in less than four months. The Rumeli Hisari sits opposite an older, smaller Ottoman fort on the Asian side, the Anadolu Hisari (Anatolian Castle). Together the two forts effectively controlled traffic through the Bosphorus, cutting Constantinople off from the Black Sea and ensuring that an Ottoman army operating on the European side could be supplied from the granaries of central Anatolia. The building of Rumeli Hisari was preparation for the investment and conquest of Constantinople, which took place the following year.

The Rumeli Hisari/Anadolu Hisari forts are built at the point where the Bosphorus is most constricted (about 700m across). This is the same narrows where the Persian King Darius I over 2500 years ago built a ‘bridge of boats’ to transport his army across to attack Thrace (see Herodotus, Histories 4.87f). And these days a modern suspension bridge links Asia to Europe at the same spot, but sadly it rather spoils the view.
Abu Galyon
Italy, Ostia - mosaique129 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Perga - Nimpheum128 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Turkey, Hadrian's Gate in Antalya127 viewsHadrian's Gate in Antalya
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Joe Sermarini
Israel, Legionary Camp of X Fretensis at Masada125 viewsRemnants of one of several legionary camps of X Fretensis at Masada in Israel, just outside the circumvallation wall which can be seen at the bottom of the image.

Masada Roman Ruins by David Shankbone.

Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -
Joe Sermarini
Turkey, Erythrai amphitheatre125 viewsErythrai amphitheatre ruins in Turkey, 2009.Joe Sermarini
Germany, Berlin, The propylon of the Sanctuary of Athena Nikephoros from the Pergamon Acropolis, Pergamon Museum Berlin125 viewsThe monumental gateway, which stood at the northeast corner of the sanctuary, was built by Eumenes II in the early 2nd century BC. The two-storey building, had a porch of four Doric columns (tetrastyle) on the ground floor, above which was a dedicatory inscription by Eumenes to Athena Nikephoros. The upper storey was a balcony with four Ionic columns and fronted by a military frieze depicting armour and weapons. The Sanctuary of Athena Nikephoros, on the southwest corner of the walled citadel on the Acropolis, was one of Pergamon's oldest religious centres, used for the worship of Athena and Nike. The cult of Athena at Pergamon had associations with the city's mythical founder Telephos, the son of Herakles and Auge, who was a priestess of Athena. The Attalid rulers of Pergamon claimed to be descendants of Telephos, and thus of Herakles and Auge.Joe Sermarini
Israel, Masada - Walls facing the Roman Seige Ramp124 viewsLloyd
Turkey, Istanbul - Underground Cistern123 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Spain, Torre d'en Galmés, Menorca - The Cartailhac Circle123 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.
Turkey, Mount Argaeus - Cappadocia120 viewsMay 2011FlaviusDomitianus
Italy, Ostia - 120 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Kaunos - the Theatre120 viewsA nicely proportioned theatre of the Greek type, with 34 rows of seats (18 below the diazoma and 16 above). The two arched entrances are original. Abu Galyon
Syria, The Great Colonnade at Apamea119 viewsApamea, on the right bank of the Orontes River, was a treasure city and stud-depot of the Seleucid kings, and was the capital of Apamene. Its site is found about 55 km (34 mi) to the northwest of Hama, Syria, overlooking the Ghab valley.

Previously known as Pharmake, it was fortified and enlarged by Seleucus I Nicator in 300 B.C., who so named it after his Bactrian wife, Apama. The fortress was placed upon a hill; the windings of the Orontes, with the lake and marshes, gave it a peninsular form. Seleucus had his commissariat there, 500 elephants, with 30,000 mares, and 300 stallions. The pretender, Diodotus Tryphon, made Apamea the basis of his operations.

Josephus relates, that Pompey marching south from his winter quarters, probably at or near Antioch, razed the fortress of Apamea in 64 B.C. and the city was annexed to the Roman Republic. In the revolt of Syria under Q. Caecilius Bassus, it held out against Julius Caesar for three years till the arrival of Cassius, 46 B.C.
Located at a strategic crossroads for Eastern commerce, the city flourished to the extent that its population eventually numbered half a million. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. The city boasted one of the largest theaters in the Roman world, and a monumental colonnade.

On the outbreak of the Jewish War, the inhabitants of Apamea spared the Jews who lived in their midst, and would not suffer them to be murdered or led into captivity.
Destroyed by Chosroes I in the 6th century, it was partially rebuilt and known in Arabic as Famia, and destroyed by an earthquake in 1152. In the Crusades it was still a flourishing and important place and was occupied by Tancred.


The ancient city has been damaged as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria.
Joe Sermarini
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples119 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.
Joe Sermarini
Turkey, Perge city overview116 viewsRoman rule of Perge began in 188 BC, and most of the surviving ruins today date from this period. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Perge remained inhabited until Seljuk times, before being gradually abandoned.

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Italy, Rome, Aqua Claudia, Part of the aquaduct near Basilica of St. John Lateran113 viewsJohny SYSEL
Turkey, Kizilcakuyu (Euromus, Caria) The Temple of Zeus Lepsinos107 viewsThe Temple of Zeus Lepsinos at Euromus was built on the site of an earlier Carian temple in the 2nd century AD during the reign of the emperor Hadrian.1 commentsJoe Sermarini
Syria, The Roman theater of Gabalah (Jableh, Syria)107 viewsJableh (Arabic: جبلة‎ Ǧabla), also spelt Jebleh, Jabala, Jablah or Gabala, is a coastal city on the Mediterranean in Syria, 25 km north of Baniyas and 25 km south of Latakia, with c. 80,000 inhabitants (2008). In antiquity Jableh was an important Roman city, one of the main remains of this period is an amphitheater, capable of housing c. 7,000 spectators. Near the seashores even older remains were found dating to the Iron Age or Phoenician Era. Less than 1 kilometer of the city center lies the ancient site of Gibala, today known as Tell Tweini. This city was inhabited from the third millennium BCE until the Persian period. Source: Sermarini
England, County of Kent, Dover: Roman Lighthouse100 viewsA visit to Dover on 20 March 2016, the Roman Lighthouse still stands within Dover Castle, which is still an important port of Britain by the English Channel. The upper 1/3 is a mix of Medieval (when it was used as a Bell Tower) and 19th century restoration (when the Church of Saint Mary, next to it, was also restored). The Lighthouse stands on the "eastern heights". There was another on the "western heights", they both guarded the entrance into the Roman harbour of Dubris (Dover) which was also an important base for the "Classis Britannica".Masis
Israel, Scythopolis (Beit She'an)99 viewsScythopolis is the only one of the ten ‘Decapolis’ towns situated within the borders of modern Israel. The classical city was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 CE; its ruins are extensive and quite well-preserved. Prominent in the photo is the colonnaded Byzantine ‘Silvanus Street’ (the excavators named it after a local magistrate mentioned in an inscription as responsible for its renewal) which follows the route of the earlier Roman cardo maximus.

Sythopolis was built in the shadow of the earlier Canaanite city of Beit She’an, where (according to 1 Samuel 31) the Philistines, after their victory on Mount Gilboa, displayed the bodies of King Saul and his sons on the city walls. The vast mound of Tel Beit She’an is conspicuous in the background. Twenty settlement strata have been identified there, the earliest dating back to the Neolithic (5th millennium BCE). A section of the eastern Canaanite city walls has also been excavated and is visible in the photo.
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Turkey, Priene, The Temple of Athena at Priene94 viewsThe Temple of Athena at Priene was started by Mausolus but completed by Alexander the Great, who hired the great Greek architect Pytheos to complete the design and construction. It is the largest temple in Priene. Pytheos situated the temple so that it had (and still has) a beautiful view over the valley and river below Alexander the Great invested heavily into rebuilding all of the Greek cities of the Ionic league following the defeat of the Persians. This classic Greek temple was done in the Ionic style and had no frieze around the top. Instead, a dentil design sat above the columns and architrave. The statue of Athena that was originally inside the temple was based on the famous statue by Phidias in the Parthenon of Athens.Joe Sermarini
Italy, Rome, Colosseum, Flavian Amphitheatre92 viewsHere's yet another pic of the famous Roman landmark, only this time, I used the "Pano" feature on my iPhone, allowing the entire northern half to be viewed. Mark Z
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