Sunday, November 7, 2010

Roman Ruins of Spain and Seville

For Americans, we expect to see Roman ruins in Rome, of course, but overlook the bonus of discovery of Roman ruins in other parts of the Roman world throughout the greater Mediterannean. Merida, Spain has very well preserved Roman ruins, as this building shows.
This is instantly recognizable as the Greco-Roman archetecture of an ampitheater. It is unusual to find a double layer of the backdrop to the stage still standing, as is the case in Merida, Spain.
What would a Roman city be without an arena? Merida was the Roman headquarters for this region. It made a perfect stop on our drive from Lisbon to Madrid.
This is the view of the stage that would have greeted theater goers as they entered the ampitheater to take their seats.
Leaving the ancient Roman ruins in Merida, this is a view from about half way up the Giralda bell tower of the gigantic cathedral in Seville, or Sevilla, Spain. The cupula and room adornments of another part of the cathedral is visible in the foreground. Beyond on the left are the walls and courtyards of the Alcazar, the Royal Palace in Seville.

This is a view from the top of the Giralda tower down to the old part of Seville. The Giralda was originally a Moorish minaret, but it was converted into the bell tower when the grand mosque was converted into a cathedral after the Spanish defeated the Moors.

8 comments:

Traveling Hawk said...

Very nice pictures! I was in Sevilla but I haven't climbed the Giralda Tower. What a shame...

brattcat said...

I'm going to send this set to my daughter. I think she'll enjoy them as much as I.

JM said...

When I looked at the thumbnail I thought the photo was taken at Évora, Portugal. I'm glad you stopped at Merida, the ruins are fantastic, aren't they? My favourite shot is the awesome view from the Giralda.

Cezar and Léia said...

Amazing set of pictures, one more beautiful than other, this place is beautiful like a good dream!
Those columns are very impressive!
purrs and love
from little Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

glenda said...

Wow! Quite a view from atop the Giralda tower. Enjoy your travel photos each Sunday. Look forward each week to see whats next.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

What a beautiful place. Stunning pictures by all means.

Rob and Mandy said...

Sevilla... Probably my favorite destination, in the 109 countries I've seen so far. I never miss climbing the Giralda when I can. They used to do it on horseback long ago.

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