• Paris - France - Nef du Grand Palais
  • Paris - France - Nef du Grand Palais with statue of Charles De Gaulle
  • Salzburg - Christmas Decorations
  • Paris - France - Nef du Grand Palais
  • Paris - France - Nef du Grand Palais
  • Paris - France - Nef du Grand Palais
  • Paris - France - Nef du Grand Palais
  • Arrangement of vegetables sculpted into flowers
  • Arrangement of vegetables sculpted into flowers
  • Arrangement of vegetables sculpted into flowers
  • Arrangement of vegetables sculpted into flowers
  • Arrangement of vegetables sculpted into flowers
  • Arrangement of vegetables sculpted into flowers
  • Arrangement of vegetables sculpted into flowers
  • Salzburg - puppet museum
  • Basilica - Eger Hungary
  • Basilica - Eger Hungary
  • Basilica - Eger Hungary
  • Basilica - Eger Hungary
  • Salzburg Festung or Hohensalzburg Fortress or castle church
  • Salzburg Festung or Hohensalzburg Fortress or castle church
  • Salzburg view from Castle with Franciscan Church
  • Salzburg view from Castle with Franciscan Church
  • Salzburg view from Castle with Franciscan Church
  • Salzburg - Christmas Decorations
  • Salzburg Square wiyh Giant Chess Board
  • Paris - France - Nef du Grand Palais
  • Medieval stained glass Window of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France - dedicated to The life of St Apollinarie. Stained glass panels from bottom left - possible the Healing of the blind son of the judge Thaurus, centre - Apollinaris meeting the Tribune of Ravenna, left - Apollinaris heals the Tribune's wife. Second row from bottom - left - Baptism of the Tribune of Ravenna and his household, centre - Apollinaris going into (or returning from) exile, left - Apollinaris cures the maid possessed by 'an unclean spirit', Third row - left - Apollinaris enters the house of Rufus Patricius, Duke of Ravenna, centre - Through prayer, Apollinaris restores Rufus's daughter to life, right - The Provost orders Apollinaris to sacrifice to the pagan gods. Top row - left - possibly, Apollinaris is visited by an angel In prison , centre - In response to Apollinaris's prayers, a temple of Jupiter collapses, right - The Provost and other witnesses to the destruction of the temple. A UNESCO World Heritage Site..
  • Medieval Windows of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France, dedicated to the signs of the Zodiac and the monthly labours.  From bottom left - Wine growers, Bell ringers ( centre bottom) Count Thibault VI on his horse. Above centre is January, the Roman god of Janus  or Aquarius, above left  - February, a man keeping warm in font of a fire, right - two fish representing Pisces. Above left March - A Man pruning the vines and right Aries. Centre panel above - May / Gemini. Above left  is April and top right is Taurus. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Medieval Windows of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France, dedicated to the signs of the Zodiac and the monthly labours.  From bottom left - Wine growers, Bell ringers ( centre bottom) Count Thibault VI on his horse. Above centre is January, the Roman god of Janus  or Aquarius, above left  - February, a man keeping warm in font of a fire, right - two fish representing Pisces. Above left March - A Man pruning the vines and right Aries. Centre panel above - May / Gemini. Above left  is April and top right is Taurus. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Bottom corners, left shows a belt seller, right a merchant. Centre panel, bottom shows a merchant with scales, left birth of St Nicholas, left the miracles of the first bath of St Nicholas, top The infant St Nicholas refuses his mother's milk except on mondays and fridays..Medieval Windows  of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France, dedicated to the life an miracles of St Nicholas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. .Bottom centre panel,  bottom shows The young St Nicholas does well at school, left Nicholas secretly gives gold to an old man to save his daughters , right The old man tries to thank Nicholas, who humbly flees from him, top .Nicholas is chosen to be the new Bishop ..Top centre panel, bottom shows The miracle of the boiling baby, saved by the intervention of St Nicholas, left An old couple's only son falls overboard en-route to the Saint's shrine, right The child lost at sea is found safe and well at the Saint's shrine, top Installation of Nicholas as Bishop of Myra
  • Bottom corners, left shows a belt seller, right a merchant. Centre panel, bottom shows a merchant with scales, left birth of St Nicholas, left the miracles of the first bath of St Nicholas, top The infant St Nicholas refuses his mother's milk except on mondays and fridays..Medieval Windows  of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France, dedicated to the life an miracles of St Nicholas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. .Bottom centre panel,  bottom shows The young St Nicholas does well at school, left Nicholas secretly gives gold to an old man to save his daughters , right The old man tries to thank Nicholas, who humbly flees from him, top .Nicholas is chosen to be the new Bishop ..Top centre panel, bottom shows The miracle of the boiling baby, saved by the intervention of St Nicholas, left An old couple's only son falls overboard en-route to the Saint's shrine, right The child lost at sea is found safe and well at the Saint's shrine, top Installation of Nicholas as Bishop of Myra
  • Panoramic roof top view from the Guinigi Tower of the historic centre of  Lucca, Tunscany, Italy
  • Panoramic roof top view from the Guinigi Tower of the historic centre of  Lucca, Tunscany, Italy
  • Medieval Windows  of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France, dedicated to the life an miracles of St Nicholas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bottom corners, left shows a belt seller, right a merchant. Centre panel, bottom shows a merchant with scales, left birth of St Nicholas, left the miracles of the first bath of St Nicholas, top The infant St Nicholas refuses his mother's milk except on mondays and fridays..Centre panel above ,  bottom shows The young St Nicholas does well at school, left Nicholas secretly gives gold to an old man to save his daughters , right The old man tries to thank Nicholas, who humbly flees from him, top Nicholas is chosen to be the new Bishop of Myra.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Roman remains in the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Roman remains in the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Ruins of the Roman Columned street which was lined with shops & stores. Down the centre of the street runs a canal which was full of running water from the Fountain of the Acropolis in the foreground. Perge (Perga) archaeological site, Turkey
  • Ruins of the Roman Columned street which was lined with shops & stores. Down the centre of the street runs a canal which was full of running water from the Fountain of the Acropolis in the foreground. Perge (Perga) archaeological site, Turkey
  • Curetes Street (Priest Street)  that runs through the centre of Ephesus. Ephesus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • Panoramic roof top view from the Guinigi Tower of the historic centre of  Lucca, Tunscany, Italy
  • Panoramic roof top view from the Guinigi Tower of the historic centre of  Lucca, Tunscany, Italy
  • Roman  geometric floor mosaic  with a bust at its centre. From the Forte Prenestino area of Rome. 3rd century AD. National Roman Museum, Rome, Italy
  • Roman  geometric floor mosaic  with a bust at its centre. From the Forte Prenestino area of Rome. 3rd century AD. National Roman Museum, Rome, Italy
  • Roman  geometric floor mosaic  with a bust at its centre. From the Forte Prenestino area of Rome. 3rd century AD. National Roman Museum, Rome, Italy
  • Roman  geometric floor mosaic  with a bust at its centre. From the Forte Prenestino area of Rome. 3rd century AD. National Roman Museum, Rome, Italy
  • Norman Romanesque exterior corbel no 39  -  sculpture of.an Angus Dei, the symbol of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God. Strangely the creature holding the cross is a horse not a sheep. The sculpture is place in the centre of the Eastern Apse, symbolically the most important part of the church. The Norman Romanesque Church of St Mary and St David, Kilpeck Herefordshire, England. Built around 1140
  • Medieval Windows  of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France, dedicated to the life an miracles of St Nicholas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bottom corners, left shows a belt seller, right a merchant. Centre panel, bottom shows a merchant with scales, left birth of St Nicholas, left the miracles of the first bath of St Nicholas, top The infant St Nicholas refuses his mother's milk except on mondays and fridays..Centre panel above ,  bottom shows The young St Nicholas does well at school, left Nicholas secretly gives gold to an old man to save his daughters , right The old man tries to thank Nicholas, who humbly flees from him, top Nicholas is chosen to be the new Bishop of Myra.
  • Medieval Windows of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France, dedicated to the life of the Virgin Mary.   The bottom centre oval panel shows Anna and Joachim meet at the Golden Gate,  left Annunciation to Joachim , right Annunciation to Anna , above the nativity. Top centre oval shows the annunciation of the Virgin, left the marriage of Joseph and Mary, right the visitation below the virgin Matuy at school. Left side panels - bottom Anna and Joachim awaiting the birth of Mary above Her parents presenting the Virgin Mary to a schoolmaster . Right side panel, bottom - the first bath of Mary above Mary betrothal to Joseph after the test of the rods. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hadrian's Villa ( Villa Adriana ) 2nd century AD - The Maritime Theatre (  Teatro Marittimo ), so called because of its shape and marine architectural decorations such as Tritons, is at the centre of Hadrian's Villa complex.  At its centre of the Teatro Marittimo is a circular islet surrounded  by a water filled moat which in turn is surrounded by a circular barrel vaulted portico with 40 Ionic columns. The circular building on the islet consisted of rooms that surrounded a central peristyle which was probably a retreat for Hadrian to escape to. Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Calanais Standing Stones  central stone circle erected between 2900-2600BC measuring 11 metres wide. At the centre of the ring stands a huge monolith stone 4.8 metres high weighing about 7 tonnes, which is perfectly orientated so that its widest sides face due north south. Calanais Neolithic Standing Stone (Tursachan Chalanais) , Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
  • Panorama of  the central stone circle, at sunset, erected between 2900-2600BC measuring 11 metres wide. At the centre of the ring stands a huge monolith stone 4.8 metres high weighing about 7 tonnes, which is perfectly orientated so that its widest sides face due north south. Calanais Neolithic Standing Stone (Tursachan Chalanais) , Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • Wide picture of the Ambulatory corridor of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic and the entrance to the audience hall, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
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The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Wide picture of the Ambulatory corridor of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic and the entrance to the audience hall, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
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The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, African birds are loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
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The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, african animals are loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
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The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, small boat, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
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The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
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The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
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The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Wagons being pulled by bullocks, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
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The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Picture of the ruins of the Byzantine Martyrion of St Philip church and healing centre. Hierapolis archaeological site near Pamukkale in Turkey.<br />
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Martyrion of St Philip. This church with an octagonal core was built at the beginning of the 5th century on the summit of the hill. This is probably where, according to tradition, the Apostlie was martyred. The building has an eight-sided central room surmounted by a wooden cupola. From each of the eight sides of the central space there was access to a rectangular room through three arches supported by marble columns with capitals decorated with acanthus leaves The shape of the central room is a reference to the number eight which symbolists eternity. The church is situated inside a square composed of 28 rooms for housing pilgrims which were accessed from the outside. As in other Byzantine sanctuaries associated with heating powers (eg that of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Constantinople), in these rooms incubation rites were practised: during sleep, the Saint cured the sick and made prophecies concerning the future.
  • Picture of the ruins of the Byzantine Martyrion of St Philip church and healing centre. Hierapolis archaeological site near Pamukkale in Turkey.<br />
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Martyrion of St Philip. This church with an octagonal core was built at the beginning of the 5th century on the summit of the hill. This is probably where, according to tradition, the Apostlie was martyred. The building has an eight-sided central room surmounted by a wooden cupola. From each of the eight sides of the central space there was access to a rectangular room through three arches supported by marble columns with capitals decorated with acanthus leaves The shape of the central room is a reference to the number eight which symbolists eternity. The church is situated inside a square composed of 28 rooms for housing pilgrims which were accessed from the outside. As in other Byzantine sanctuaries associated with heating powers (eg that of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Constantinople), in these rooms incubation rites were practised: during sleep, the Saint cured the sick and made prophecies concerning the future.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • looking across the south area across the Neolithic remains of mud brick houses walls. In the centre it can be seen how deep the excavation has gone so far. 7500 BC to 5700 BC, Catalyhoyuk Archaeological Site, Çumra, Konya, Turkey
  • Panorama of  the central stone circle, at sunset, erected between 2900-2600BC measuring 11 metres wide. At the centre of the ring stands a huge monolith stone 4.8 metres high weighing about 7 tonnes, which is perfectly orientated so that its widest sides face due north south. Calanais Neolithic Standing Stone (Tursachan Chalanais) , Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
  • Calanais Standing Stones  central stone circle erected between 2900-2600BC measuring 11 metres wide. At the centre of the ring stands a huge monolith stone 4.8 metres high weighing about 7 tonnes, which is perfectly orientated so that its widest sides face due north south. Calanais Neolithic Standing Stone (Tursachan Chalanais) , Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
  • Panorama of Calanais Standing Stones  central stone circle erected between 2900-2600BC measuring 11 metres wide. At the centre of the ring stands a huge monolith stone 4.8 metres high weighing about 7 tonnes, which is perfectly orientated so that its widest sides face due north south. Calanais Neolithic Standing Stone (Tursachan Chalanais) , Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
  • Calanais Standing Stones central stone circle erected between 2900-2600BC measuring 11 metres wide. At the centre of the ring stands a huge monolith stone 4.8 metres high weighing about 7 tonnes, which is perfectly orientated so that its widest sides face due north south. Calanais Neolithic Standing Stone (Tursachan Chalanais) , Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
  • Lunette of the main portal with Romanesque sculptures of the Modona and child, centre, Abraham about to sleigh Isaac, left, and The lamb of God, right , Basilica Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania
  • Roman mosaic depicting in its centre panel the victory of Apollo who is being crowned Marsyas in the mytrhical legend of The Four Seasons. Late 2nd centruy AD from Thysdrus (El Jem). Roman mosaics from the north African Roman province of Africanus . Inv 529 Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Roman mosaic depicting Dionysus repelling pirates from his ship.  He is accompanied by Acoetes, the helmsman and his tutor Silenus, right. Dionysus, in the form a panther, centre,  is repelling pirates from his ship who turn into dolphins as they jump overboard . Dated from the reign of Emperor Gallienus, 260-280 AD from the the house of Dionysus and Ulysses, Dougga. Roman mosaics from the north African Roman province of Africanus . Inv 2884B Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Roman mosaic depicting Dionysus repelling pirates from his ship.  He is accompanied by Acoetes, the helmsman and his tutor Silenus, right. Dionysus, in the form a panther, centre,  is repelling pirates from his ship who turn into dolphins as they jump overboard . Dated from the reign of Emperor Gallienus, 260-280 AD from the the house of Dionysus and Ulysses, Dougga. Roman mosaics from the north African Roman province of Africanus . Inv 2884B Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Curetes Street (Priest Street)  that runs through the centre of Ephesus. Ephesus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • A tiger hunting from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Roman Sarcophagus with detailed relief sculptured panels with battle scenes. This large sarcophagus which was found in 1931 near the Tiburtina, in the eastern suburbs of the ancient city, shows on its front a symbolic battle, staged on two levels. This composition focuses on the progress of the Roman horseman, depicted in the guise of a universal victor, in a melee of soldiers, spears and horses; the Romans are delivering savage blows, devastating their enemies. The bloody scenes are framed by two pairs of enslaved barbarians, whose afflicted demeanour expresses the suffering which comes to those who rebel against the dominion of Rome. The dramatic animation of the combat emphasised by the deep chiaroscuro obtained by a skilful feat of carving. The low relief on the sides of the sarcophagus shows events subsequent to the encounter; on one side barbarian prisoners cross the river on the other chiefs submit to the Roman officials. The freeze on the lid, between two corner masks, celebrates the dead man and his wife, presented in the centre is the act of ‘dextarum iunctio’; on the left, the women exercises her ‘virtue’ in the house, educating her children; on the right, the, after his warlike activities, receives his 'clementia'. The faces of the principle characters remain incomplete, awaiting the carving of the features of the dead people. The decoration of the sarcophagus, inspired by many scenes on the Antonine Column, can be dated to around 180AD. The military insignia represented on the upper edge of the casket - the eagle of the Legio III Flavia and the boar of the Legio I Itlaica - enable us perhaps to identify the dead man as Aurelius Iulius Pompilius, an official of Marcus Aurelius in command of two cavalry squadron on detachment to those two legions during the war against Marcomanni (1720-175AD). National Roman Museum, Rome, Italy
  • Roman Sarcophagus with detailed relief sculptured panels with battle scenes. This large sarcophagus which was found in 1931 near the Tiburtina, in the eastern suburbs of the ancient city, shows on its front a symbolic battle, staged on two levels. This composition focuses on the progress of the Roman horseman, depicted in the guise of a universal victor, in a melee of soldiers, spears and horses; the Romans are delivering savage blows, devastating their enemies. The bloody scenes are framed by two pairs of enslaved barbarians, whose afflicted demeanour expresses the suffering which comes to those who rebel against the dominion of Rome. The dramatic animation of the combat emphasised by the deep chiaroscuro obtained by a skilful feat of carving. The low relief on the sides of the sarcophagus shows events subsequent to the encounter; on one side barbarian prisoners cross the river on the other chiefs submit to the Roman officials. The freeze on the lid, between two corner masks, celebrates the dead man and his wife, presented in the centre is the act of ‘dextarum iunctio’; on the left, the women exercises her ‘virtue’ in the house, educating her children; on the right, the, after his warlike activities, receives his 'clementia'. The faces of the principle characters remain incomplete, awaiting the carving of the features of the dead people. The decoration of the sarcophagus, inspired by many scenes on the Antonine Column, can be dated to around 180AD. The military insignia represented on the upper edge of the casket - the eagle of the Legio III Flavia and the boar of the Legio I Itlaica - enable us perhaps to identify the dead man as Aurelius Iulius Pompilius, an official of Marcus Aurelius in command of two cavalry squadron on detachment to those two legions during the war against Marcomanni (1720-175AD). National Roman Museum, Rome, Italy
  • The Romanesque Altar Front of Avia<br />
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Around 1200, Tempera on wood with metalic ornamention from the church of Santa Maria d'Avia, Spain.<br />
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National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona. MNAC 15784<br />
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The altar front of Byzantine art d'Avia depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary and the nativity. The artistic style of the Altar front relies heavily of Byzantine influences. The intensity and variety of colors and the systematic application of appliqué are typical of eastern Mediterranean and Byzantine art . This can also be seen in the style and hand positions of the Virgin Mary and child, at the centre of the altar piece, which copies a style known as “Our Lady of the Way” which in turn minics the orthodox icon “the Virgin Hodegetria”.
  • The Romanesque Altar Front of Avia<br />
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Around 1200, Tempera on wood with metalic ornamention from the church of Santa Maria d'Avia, Spain.<br />
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National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona. MNAC 15784<br />
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The altar front of Byzantine art d'Avia depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary and the nativity. The artistic style of the Altar front relies heavily of Byzantine influences. The intensity and variety of colors and the systematic application of appliqué are typical of eastern Mediterranean and Byzantine art . This can also be seen in the style and hand positions of the Virgin Mary and child, at the centre of the altar piece, which copies a style known as “Our Lady of the Way” which in turn minics the orthodox icon “the Virgin Hodegetria”.
  • Altar of La Seu d'Urgell and the Apostles<br />
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Second quarter of the twelfth century from a church in the diocese of Urgell, the whole poster espicopal of La Seu d'Urgell, Alt Urgell<br />
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Aquired by the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona 1905. Ref: 15803 MNAC.<br />
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La Seu d'Urgell was an important center of Romanesque panel painting. This altar front is one of the best examples, and is also one of the oldest preserved painted panels in Catalonia. At its centre is Christ Pantocrator surrounded by a Mandorla. Either side of this are the 12 Apostles arranged in two unusual pyramid shaped groups of six. This altar panel is a fine example from the workshop Urgell and demostrates a high standard of technical ability and creativity.
  • Altar of La Seu d'Urgell and the Apostles<br />
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Second quarter of the twelfth century from a church in the diocese of Urgell, the whole poster espicopal of La Seu d'Urgell, Alt Urgell<br />
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Aquired by the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona 1905. Ref: 15803 MNAC.<br />
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La Seu d'Urgell was an important center of Romanesque panel painting. This altar front is one of the best examples, and is also one of the oldest preserved painted panels in Catalonia. At its centre is Christ Pantocrator surrounded by a Mandorla. Either side of this are the 12 Apostles arranged in two unusual pyramid shaped groups of six. This altar panel is a fine example from the workshop Urgell and demostrates a high standard of technical ability and creativity.
  • Altar of La Seu d'Urgell and the Apostles<br />
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Second quarter of the twelfth century from a church in the diocese of Urgell, the whole poster espicopal of La Seu d'Urgell, Alt Urgell<br />
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Aquired by the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona 1905. Ref: 15803 MNAC.<br />
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La Seu d'Urgell was an important center of Romanesque panel painting. This altar front is one of the best examples, and is also one of the oldest preserved painted panels in Catalonia. At its centre is Christ Pantocrator surrounded by a Mandorla. Either side of this are the 12 Apostles arranged in two unusual pyramid shaped groups of six. This altar panel is a fine example from the workshop Urgell and demostrates a high standard of technical ability and creativity.
  • Satatue known as the Sitting captive - a Roman sculpture of the 1st or 2nd century SAD made out of  Green Breche stone from the Wadi Hammamat, Egypt. The head and hands do not belong to the statue. The head is wearing a hat Phyrigian hat and recalls the same style as the famous Farnese Prisoners statues who were defeated Dacians from the Forum of Trajan (98-117 AD). The body can be dated  to the 1st century AD and is probably from the near east. The recomposed statue , named the defeated barbarian king, was the centre piece of a room in the Villa Albani (1692-1779) in Rome.  The Albani Collection, Inv No. LL 17 or Ma 1383, Louvre Museum, Paris.
  • Satatue known as the Sitting captive - a Roman sculpture of the 1st or 2nd century SAD made out of  Green Breche stone from the Wadi Hammamat, Egypt. The head and hands do not belong to the statue. The head is wearing a hat Phyrigian hat and recalls the same style as the famous Farnese Prisoners statues who were defeated Dacians from the Forum of Trajan (98-117 AD). The body can be dated  to the 1st century AD and is probably from the near east. The recomposed statue , named the defeated barbarian king, was the centre piece of a room in the Villa Albani (1692-1779) in Rome.  The Albani Collection, Inv No. LL 17 or Ma 1383, Louvre Museum, Paris.
  • Satatue known as the Sitting captive - a Roman sculpture of the 1st or 2nd century SAD made out of  Green Breche stone from the Wadi Hammamat, Egypt. The head and hands do not belong to the statue. The head is wearing a hat Phyrigian hat and recalls the same style as the famous Farnese Prisoners statues who were defeated Dacians from the Forum of Trajan (98-117 AD). The body can be dated  to the 1st century AD and is probably from the near east. The recomposed statue , named the defeated barbarian king, was the centre piece of a room in the Villa Albani (1692-1779) in Rome.  The Albani Collection, Inv No. LL 17 or Ma 1383, Louvre Museum, Paris.
  • Romanesque Altar Front of Cardet<br />
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Thirteenth century paint and metal relief on wood from a church of Santa Maria of Cardet, Vall de Boi, Alta Ribagorca, Spain<br />
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Acquired by the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona 1932. Ref: MNAC 3903.<br />
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This Romanesque painted altar front is dedicated to the Nativity. At is centre is a painting of The Madonna and Child surrounded by a mandorla. Top left shows the Annunciation with the Virgin Mary, top left depicts the nativity scene, bottom left shows the Three Kings and bottom left shows The Flight to Egypt.
  • Altar of La Seu d'Urgell and the Apostles<br />
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Second quarter of the twelfth century from a church in the diocese of Urgell, the whole poster espicopal of La Seu d'Urgell, Alt Urgell<br />
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Aquired by the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona 1905. Ref: 15803 MNAC.<br />
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La Seu d'Urgell was an important center of Romanesque panel painting. This altar front is one of the best examples, and is also one of the oldest preserved painted panels in Catalonia. At its centre is Christ Pantocrator surrounded by a Mandorla. Either side of this are the 12 Apostles arranged in two unusual pyramid shaped groups of six. This altar panel is a fine example from the workshop Urgell and demostrates a high standard of technical ability and creativity.
  • Altar of La Seu d'Urgell and the Apostles<br />
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Second quarter of the twelfth century from a church in the diocese of Urgell, the whole poster espicopal of La Seu d'Urgell, Alt Urgell<br />
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Aquired by the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona 1905. Ref: 15803 MNAC.<br />
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La Seu d'Urgell was an important center of Romanesque panel painting. This altar front is one of the best examples, and is also one of the oldest preserved painted panels in Catalonia. At its centre is Christ Pantocrator surrounded by a Mandorla. Either side of this are the 12 Apostles arranged in two unusual pyramid shaped groups of six. This altar panel is a fine example from the workshop Urgell and demostrates a high standard of technical ability and creativity.
  • Medieval stained glass Window of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France - dedicated to St Sylvester.  Bottom left - The young Sylvester presented by his mother to the priest Cyrinus, bottom right - Sylvester welcoming St Timothy to his house. Side panel right - above right - Execution of St Timothy , side panel left - Death of the prefect Tarquin, who chokes on a fish bone. Two centre panels, left- Funeral of St Timothy, right - Sylvester refusing the prefect's orders to worship an idol. Top central oval panel - Sylvester released from prison by Pope Melchiades. A UNESCO World Heritage Site..
  • Medieval Windows  of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France, dedicated to the life an miracles of St Nicholas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bottom corner shows During a famine, Nicholas persuades sailors to give the town some grain, bottom left shows The sailors bringing grain ashore . Centre panel bottom, The young St Nicholas does well at school, left Nicholas secretly gives gold to an old man to save his daughters , right The old man tries to thank Nicholas, who humbly flees from him, top .Nicholas is chosen to be the new Bishop of Myra.
  • Medieval Windows  of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France, dedicated to the life an miracles of St Nicholas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bottom corner shows During a famine, Nicholas persuades sailors to give the town some grain, bottom left shows The sailors bringing grain ashore . Centre panel bottom, The young St Nicholas does well at school, left Nicholas secretly gives gold to an old man to save his daughters , right The old man tries to thank Nicholas, who humbly flees from him, top .Nicholas is chosen to be the new Bishop of Myra.  .
  • Medieval Windows  of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France, dedicated to Notre Dame de la Belle Verriere. The centre panels show the Virgin Mary and child below which are Four angels bearing columns supporting the 'Throne of Wisdom' with panels showing angels around the Virgin and Child. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ottoman Neo-Clasical Eski Hükümet Kona (old government building) of Safranbolu, Turkey.  Safranbolu's architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire and was a major centre of the saffron Trade. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ottoman style houses of Safranbolu, Turkey.  Safranbolu's architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire and was a major centre of the saffron Trade. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ottoman style houses of Safranbolu, Turkey.  Safranbolu's architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire and was a major centre of the saffron Trade. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ottoman style houses of Safranbolu, Turkey.  Safranbolu's architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire and was a major centre of the saffron Trade. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ottoman style houses of Safranbolu, Turkey.  Safranbolu's architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire and was a major centre of the saffron Trade. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Narrow defensive lanes of Ioulis (Chora) administrative centre  town of Kea, Greek Cyclades Islands.
  • Art Noveau Reök (Reok) Palace regional Art Centre -  Szeged ,Hungary
  • Panorama of Calanais Standing Stones  central stone circle erected between 2900-2600BC measuring 11 metres wide. At the centre of the ring stands a huge monolith stone 4.8 metres high weighing about 7 tonnes, which is perfectly orientated so that its widest sides face due north south. Calanais Neolithic Standing Stone (Tursachan Chalanais) , Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
  • Calanais Standing Stones central stone circle erected between 2900-2600BC measuring 11 metres wide. At the centre of the ring stands a huge monolith stone 4.8 metres high weighing about 7 tonnes, which is perfectly orientated so that its widest sides face due north south. Calanais Neolithic Standing Stone (Tursachan Chalanais) , Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
  • Calanais Standing Stones central stone circle erected between 2900-2600BC measuring 11 metres wide. At the centre of the ring stands a huge monolith stone 4.8 metres high weighing about 7 tonnes, which is perfectly orientated so that its widest sides face due north south. Calanais Neolithic Standing Stone (Tursachan Chalanais) , Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
  • Panorama of Calanais Standing Stones  central stone circle erected between 2900-2600BC measuring 11 metres wide. At the centre of the ring stands a huge monolith stone 4.8 metres high weighing about 7 tonnes, which is perfectly orientated so that its widest sides face due north south. Calanais Neolithic Standing Stone (Tursachan Chalanais) , Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
<br />
Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
<br />
Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
<br />
Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
<br />
Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
<br />
Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
<br />
Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
<br />
Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
<br />
Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
<br />
Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
<br />
Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
<br />
Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
<br />
Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
<br />
Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Close up pictures & imagse of the cupola of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
<br />
Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
<br />
Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Close up pictures & imagse of the cupola of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
<br />
Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
<br />
Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
<br />
Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
<br />
Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Assumption exterior bas relief Georgian stone work around the doorway,1689, Ananuri castle complex & Georgian Orthodox churches, 17th century, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.<br />
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The exterior of The Church of the Assumption is highly decorated with Georgian bas relief sculpture. It main portal has intricate geometric Georgian relief stone work and in its triangular tympanum are intricate stone carvings with Christ in a mondorla at its centre, and carvings of angels amongst  intricate foliage stone carvings.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Assumption exterior close up of bas relief Georgian stone work around the doorway,1689, Ananuri castle complex & Georgian Orthodox churches, 17th century, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.<br />
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The exterior of The Church of the Assumption is highly decorated with Georgian bas relief sculpture. It main portal has intricate geometric Georgian relief stone work and in its triangular tympanum are intricate stone carvings with Christ in a mondorla at its centre, and carvings of angels amongst  intricate foliage stone carvings.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Assumption exterior close up of bas relief Georgian stone work around the doorway,1689, Ananuri castle complex & Georgian Orthodox churches, 17th century, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.<br />
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The exterior of The Church of the Assumption is highly decorated with Georgian bas relief sculpture. It main portal has intricate geometric Georgian relief stone work and in its triangular tympanum are intricate stone carvings with Christ in a mondorla at its centre, and carvings of angels amongst  intricate foliage stone carvings.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Assumption exterior bas relief Georgian stone work around the doorway,1689, Ananuri castle complex & Georgian Orthodox churches, 17th century, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.<br />
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The exterior of The Church of the Assumption is highly decorated with Georgian bas relief sculpture. It main portal has intricate geometric Georgian relief stone work and in its triangular tympanum are intricate stone carvings with Christ in a mondorla at its centre, and carvings of angels amongst  intricate foliage stone carvings.
  • The confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers, in Central-Eastern Georgia, some 20km northwest of Tbilisi and the town of Mtkvari with the Svetitstkhoveli Cathedral at its centre
  • The confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers, in Central-Eastern Georgia, some 20km northwest of Tbilisi and the town of Mtkvari with the Svetitstkhoveli Cathedral at its centre
  • The confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers, in Central-Eastern Georgia, some 20km northwest of Tbilisi and the town of Mtkvari with the Svetitstkhoveli Cathedral at its centre
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • The Temple of Aphrodite at the centre of Aphrodisias. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section. building started in the 1st century BC completed during the reign of Augustus. <br />
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Aphrodisias Archaeological Site, Aydin Province, Turkey.
  • Pictures of a geometric Roman mosaics with strap work and cruciform flowers and in the centre a damaged depiction of a running deer, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, Jilani Guirat area. 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia. Against a black background
  • Pictures of a geometric Roman mosaics with strap work and cruciform flowers and in the centre a damaged depiction of a running deer, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, Jilani Guirat area. 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia. Against a white background
  • Pictures of a geometric Roman mosaics with strap work and cruciform flowers and in the centre a damaged depiction of a running deer, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, Jilani Guirat area. 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia.
  • Pictures of a geometric Roman mosaics with strap work and cruciform flowers and in the centre a damaged depiction of a running deer, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, Jilani Guirat area. 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia. Against an art background
  • Pictures of a geometric Roman mosaics with strap work and cruciform flowers and in the centre a damaged depiction of a running deer, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, Jilani Guirat area. 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia. Against a grey background
  • Pictures of a geometric Roman mosaics with a hexagon at its centre in the middle of which is a cruciform of flowers, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, house in the M'Barek R'Haiem area. Begining of 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia. Against a white background
  • Pictures of a geometric Roman mosaics with a hexagon at its centre in the middle of which is a cruciform of flowers, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, house in the M'Barek R'Haiem area. Begining of 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia. Against a black background
  • Pictures of a geometric Roman mosaics with a hexagon at its centre in the middle of which is a cruciform of flowers, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, house in the M'Barek R'Haiem area. Begining of 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia.
  • Pictures of a geometric Roman mosaics with a hexagon at its centre in the middle of which is a cruciform of flowers, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, house in the M'Barek R'Haiem area. Begining of 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia. Against an art background
  • Pictures of a geometric Roman mosaics with a hexagon at its centre in the middle of which is a cruciform of flowers, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus, house in the M'Barek R'Haiem area. Begining of 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia. Against a grey background
  • Picture of a Roman mosaics design depicting in the centre Aion, god of eternity, with Artemis and Apollo to his left and right and the Four Seasons, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus. 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia.
  • Wide picture of the Ambulatory corridor of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic and the entrance to the audience hall, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
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The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Wide picture of the Ambulatory corridor of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic and the entrance to the audience hall, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Close up picture of the Roman mosaics of the Trapedoizal Vestibule room, the so called Domina of the Villa, probably Eutropia the wife of Emperor Maximinianus, accompanied by her children, room no 16 at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Trapedoizal Vestibule was probably a private entrance to the Villa Romana del Casale. The Roman mosaics of the Trapedoizal Vestibule depicts the Domina (mistress) of the house, wife of Emperor Maximianus, Eutropia at  its centre. To her right if Maxentius and to her left is Fausta
  • Close up picture of the Roman mosaics of the Trapedoizal Vestibule room, the so called Domina of the Villa, probably Eutropia the wife of Emperor Maximinianus, accompanied by her children, room no 16 at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Trapedoizal Vestibule was probably a private entrance to the Villa Romana del Casale. The Roman mosaics of the Trapedoizal Vestibule depicts the Domina (mistress) of the house, wife of Emperor Maximianus, Eutropia at  its centre. To her right if Maxentius and to her left is Fausta
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, hunter, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, hunter, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, African birds are loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, African birds are loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, elephant is loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, elephant is loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, elephant is loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, elephant is loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, elephant is loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, african animals are loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, african animals are loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, african animals are loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, small boat, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, gazelle being caught by lion, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt lion Roman mosaic, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Wilder beast is loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Ostrich is being taken off a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Wilder beast is loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, rhino being loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, rhino being loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
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The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, gazelle being caught by lion, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Emperor Maximianus watches the animal hunt, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Emperor Maximianus watches the animal hunt, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Emperor Maximianus watches the animal hunt, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic panoramic with animals being loaded onto a ship, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, a lion being hunted, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Wagons being pulled by bullocks, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Wagons being pulled by bullocks, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Wagons being pulled by bullocks, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Wagons being pulled by bullocks, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Ambulatory of the Great Hunt Roman mosaic, Wagons being pulled by bullocks, room no 28, at the Villa Romana del Casale, first quarter of the 4th century AD. Sicily, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
The Great Hunt ambulatory is around 60 meters long (200 Roman feet) and connects the master’s northern apartments with the triclinium in the south. The door in the centre of the the Great Hunt ambulatory leads to audience hall. <br />
<br />
The Great Hunt Roman mosaic depicts African animals being hunted and put onto ships to be taken to the Colosseum.
  • Picture of the ruins of the Byzantine Martyrion of St Philip church and healing centre. Hierapolis archaeological site near Pamukkale in Turkey.<br />
<br />
Martyrion of St Philip. This church with an octagonal core was built at the beginning of the 5th century on the summit of the hill. This is probably where, according to tradition, the Apostlie was martyred. The building has an eight-sided central room surmounted by a wooden cupola. From each of the eight sides of the central space there was access to a rectangular room through three arches supported by marble columns with capitals decorated with acanthus leaves The shape of the central room is a reference to the number eight which symbolists eternity. The church is situated inside a square composed of 28 rooms for housing pilgrims which were accessed from the outside. As in other Byzantine sanctuaries associated with heating powers (eg that of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Constantinople), in these rooms incubation rites were practised: during sleep, the Saint cured the sick and made prophecies concerning the future.
  • Picture of the ruins of the Byzantine Martyrion of St Philip church and healing centre. Hierapolis archaeological site near Pamukkale in Turkey.<br />
<br />
Martyrion of St Philip. This church with an octagonal core was built at the beginning of the 5th century on the summit of the hill. This is probably where, according to tradition, the Apostlie was martyred. The building has an eight-sided central room surmounted by a wooden cupola. From each of the eight sides of the central space there was access to a rectangular room through three arches supported by marble columns with capitals decorated with acanthus leaves The shape of the central room is a reference to the number eight which symbolists eternity. The church is situated inside a square composed of 28 rooms for housing pilgrims which were accessed from the outside. As in other Byzantine sanctuaries associated with heating powers (eg that of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Constantinople), in these rooms incubation rites were practised: during sleep, the Saint cured the sick and made prophecies concerning the future.
  • Picture of the ruins of the Byzantine Martyrion of St Philip church and healing centre. Hierapolis archaeological site near Pamukkale in Turkey.<br />
<br />
Martyrion of St Philip. This church with an octagonal core was built at the beginning of the 5th century on the summit of the hill. This is probably where, according to tradition, the Apostlie was martyred. The building has an eight-sided central room surmounted by a wooden cupola. From each of the eight sides of the central space there was access to a rectangular room through three arches supported by marble columns with capitals decorated with acanthus leaves The shape of the central room is a reference to the number eight which symbolists eternity. The church is situated inside a square composed of 28 rooms for housing pilgrims which were accessed from the outside. As in other Byzantine sanctuaries associated with heating powers (eg that of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Constantinople), in these rooms incubation rites were practised: during sleep, the Saint cured the sick and made prophecies concerning the future.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The Roman Ionic Stoa forms a colonnade 99 m long & 9 m high at the beginning of the Sacred Way to Didyma. An Ionic portica at its centre which served as a grandstand during ceremonial processions on the street in front of it. 1st century AD, Miletus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • looking up hill of the south area across square Neolithic remains of mud brick houses walls. In the centre it can be seen how deep the excavation has gone so far. The sand bags proetct the highest mud brick walls in this area. 7500 BC to 5700 BC, Catalyhoyuk Archaeological Site, Çumra, Konya, Turkey
  • looking up hill of the south area across square Neolithic remains of mud brick houses walls. In the centre it can be seen how deep the excavation has gone so far. The sand bags proetct the highest mud brick walls in this area. 7500 BC to 5700 BC, Catalyhoyuk Archaeological Site, Çumra, Konya, Turkey
  • looking up hill of the south area across square Neolithic remains of mud brick houses walls. In the centre it can be seen how deep the excavation has gone so far. 7500 BC to 5700 BC, Catalyhoyuk Archaeological Site, Çumra, Konya, Turkey
  • looking down from the highest point of the south area across the Neolithic remains of mud brick houses walls. In the centre it can be seen how deep the excavation has gone so far. 7500 BC to 5700 BC, Catalyhoyuk Archaeological Site, Çumra, Konya, Turkey
  • looking down from the highest point of the south area across the Neolithic remains of mud brick houses walls. In the centre it can be seen how deep the excavation has gone so far. 7500 BC to 5700 BC, Catalyhoyuk Archaeological Site, Çumra, Konya, Turkey
  • looking down from the highest point of the south area across the Neolithic remains of mud brick houses walls. In the centre it can be seen how deep the excavation has gone so far. 7500 BC to 5700 BC, Catalyhoyuk Archaeological Site, Çumra, Konya, Turkey
  • looking down from the highest point of the south area across the Neolithic remains of mud brick houses walls. In the centre it can be seen how deep the excavation has gone so far. 7500 BC to 5700 BC. Catalyhoyuk Archaeological Site, Çumra, Konya, Turkey
  • looking down from the highest point of the south area across the Neolithic remains of mud brick houses walls. In the centre it can be seen how deep the excavation has gone so far. 7500 BC to 5700 BC. Catalyhoyuk Archaeological Site, Çumra, Konya, Turkey

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