Wroxeter Roman City – or a wall

“Let’s go to see the Romans” I trilled.
“They’ve left” grumped Dr B.
I insisted, dragged her across most of Shropshire to find that Wroxeter Roman City was:
i) Closed (the guide said it would be open, I checked, really I did).
ii) Consisted of a wall (it looked better in the guidebook, really, it did).
Dr B was not impressed.

Turkey 2010 – Selçuk Red Basilica

This is rather out of sequence, as the pics were on Adam’s iPhone.

This massive structure was built as a temple to Eygptian gods.
Today there is a little mosque built into the corner of the site.
Opposite are a few typical old Turkish houses.

Turkey 2010 – Pamukkale Hierapolis

Above the ‘cotton cliffs’ of Pamukkale is the remains of the Greek city Hierapolis.

This magnificent theatre has the remains of the proscenium, which means we can have a better idea of what it was like in its heyday.
This area has had lots of earthquakes. The hillside was covered with sarcophagi. As the guidebook said “as if they’d been thrown there like a petulant giant”.
This chap was rather well camoflaged.
High above the site is the St Philip Martyrium (a new noun for me), where the apostle was crucified (upside down).
There is a beautiful octagonal church on the site.
The photos really don’t do it justice…
…it was a very peaceful spot…
…with a wonderful view of the site (and yes, it was a HOT, HOT afternoon).
The church is from the end of the 5th, or early 6th century. It would have been approached via this amazing staircase. Note the remains of the stoop.
Pilgrims would have approached via this paced roadway.
It was such a hot day (and we were rather ruined out), so we went and had a cold beer by the spa pool.
We made friends with this rather nice hound.

Turkey 2010 – Ephesus Hill Houses

Over the last 10 years or so, some high status houses in Ephesus have started to be excavated.

You have to pay an extra fee to see them, and it’s well worth it.
Some of the work is like a huge jigsaw puzzle.
The scale of the houses is quite astounding.
The fresco work is, by all accounts, the finest outside Pompeii.
My jaw dropped when I saw this.

As you can see there are lots and lots of finds.

Look, a Roman goth (although goth meant something quite different then!).
Each house was built under the terrace of the house above.
A Roman water pipe.
Lovely little cherubs…
…and a nice lion.
More jaw dropping stuff…
…astonishingly well preserved.
I thought you might like a better look at the ‘goth girl’, she even has black lipstick.
My fave was this pigeon…
…although this fish was fabulous too.

Turkey May 2010 – Pergamon Acropolis

I wish I could take you there. To feel the heat of the sun, and hear the whispering of the grass in the wind. To the site that was once one of the greatest libraries in the ancient world.

The Acropolis consists of the remains of a number of different buildings. This is the temple of Trajan…

…the Trajaneum.

The wall which looks like modern concrete, is in fact, ancient concrete :-).

Obligatory snap of Adam scaring himself with the drop!

The temple of Athena, the oldest building on the site.

Where the Altar of Zeus would have been, if it hadn’t been carted off to Berlin. I feel very torn…part of me wishes that the altar was still at the Acropolis, but it needs to be properly conserved (which it is, in a quite wonderful museum).
The theatre had a capacity of 10,000…

…as you can see, it has the steepest seating of any known temple in the ancient world.

And my legs are too short for my feet to touch the next step here too.

The Temple of Dionysus – looks rather a nice little temple. Although I shudder to think what went on there…:-)