Monday, 3 May 2010

A day-trip

To Ostea Antica... a truly fabulous Roman town, abandoned in the 5th Century CE.  It's full of half-houses, arches, mosaics and bits of statues, and according to this website, large chunks of its remnants have ended up in museums, galleries and private collections all over the world.  See, the Goths are still with us.

One of the more interesting bits we found was the remnants of a temple to Mithras, the Persian Soldiers God:

Look familiar?

We also found these:

Gum trees.   How weird is that?  We're 10,000 miles from Australia, and yet, there they are.  And about 100 years old, from the looks.  It was a nice nostalgic moment, the smell of eucalyptus wafting around the 2,000 year old ruins... and Mr Golightly was highly amused... 

We also found a bath, albeit somewhat leaky:

And some fantastic mosaics:

And the occasional chunk of carving, just lying around:

and even the occasional building:

What did the Romans ever do for us, hey?

1 comment:

  1. Now yer talkin' My daughter spent 3 months in northern Spain and it's full of eucalypts, go figure?


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