Ancient Roman Baths in Bath, England

Ancient Roman Baths in Bath, England

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The Roman Baths are in the centre of Bath in the West of England. Bath is 160km west of London and 16km east of Bristol. Around Britain\’s only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. Hot water at a temperature of 46°C rises here at the rate of 1,170,000 liters every day. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the museum, holding finds from Roman Bath. The first shrine at the site of the hot springs was built by Celts, and was dedicated to the goddess Sulis.

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Baalbek – Forgotten  Roman Ruins in Lebanon

Baalbek – Forgotten Roman Ruins in Lebanon

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Baalbek also called City of the Sun in eastern Lebanon. Approximately 86 kilometers northeast of the city of Beirut in eastern Lebanon stands the temple complex of Baalbek. Situated atop a high point in the fertile Bekaa valley, the ruins are one of the most extraordinary and enigmatic holy places of ancient times. Inhabited as early as 9000 BCE, Baalbek grew into an important pilgrimage site in the ancient world for the worship of the Phoenician sky-god Baal and his consort Astarte, the Queen of Heaven. The center of the city was a grand temple dedicated to Astarte and Baal and the ruins of this early temple remain today beneath the later Roman Temple of Jupiter Baal. The complex was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

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Arches of the Roman Theatre, Aosta

Arches of the Roman Theatre, Aosta

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The theatre was constructed in the 1st century CE and further extended in the 3rd century CE. The theatre had a capacity of 3-4,000 spectators. Part of its 22m-high facade is still intact. In summer, performances are held in the better-preserved lower section.

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Catania –  Discover Sicily

Catania – Discover Sicily

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Catania is Sicily’s second largest city, with a population of around 300,000. It is among Italian hottest cities with a summer temperature that can exceed 40° degrees. It lies on the Ionian Sea, near Mount Etna, or “A Muntagna” as the locals refer to it. Subjected to Etna’s fickle temperament, Catania has been damaged by lava flows and earthquakes on several occasions. A particularly destructive volcanic eruption in 1669 was followed by a serious earthquake in 1693. The city has a history dating back 2700 years, dominated by several different cultures like Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, etc. The city is full of attractions, offering historic and artistic wonders for everyone.

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Roman Colosseum – Historic Site in Italy

Roman Colosseum – Historic Site in Italy

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The Colosseum is one of the oldest and most famous landmarks in Rome. The ancient Romans were great builders. The Colosseum was built of concrete, faced with stone, as were most amphitheaters. It was built in the early days of the Roman Empire, around 70 CE and it was built in only 9 years. The Colosseum is huge, an ellipse 188m long and 156 wide. Originally 240 masts were attached to stone corbels on the 4th level. 55,000 people could be seated inside the Colosseum. All 55,000 people could be seated in only 20 minutes. Over 400,000 people died in the Colosseum in the 390 years it was open for entertainment.

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