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REMARKABLE RUINS – The Colosseum, Italy

The Colosseum

Originally known as Amphitheatrum Flavium in Latin, and as the Flavian Amphitheater in English, the Colosseum, located in the east of the Roman Forum is said to be the largest amphitheater ever been built in the Roman Empire. Built of concrete and sand, this elliptical amphitheatre was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian



Pompeii was an ancient Italian city, located near modern Naples. In 79 AD, due to the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 13 to 20 feet of volcanic ash and pumice. It was estimated that, by the time of

REMARKABLE RUINS – Parthenon, Greece


The name Parthenon originated from one of Athena’s many epithets - Athena Parthenos, means Virgin. Parthenon means, ‘House of Parthenon’ or 'House of Virgin Goddess', which was the name given in the 5th century BC to the chamber inside the temple which housed the cult statue. From the 4th century

Remarkable Ruins – Luxor Temple, Egypt

Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple, Egypt is actually a large ancient Egyptian temple complex situated on the east bank of the River Nile in the city of Luxor (ancient Thebes), which was known as “Ipet Resyt” (the southern sanctuary) in the Egyptian language. The temple was dedicated to Amun, Mut, and Khonsu and was the focus of the

REMARKABLE RUINS – Timgad, Algeria


Founded by the Emperor Trajan around 100 AD, Timgad or Thamugas was a Roman colonial town in Algeria. It was founded as a military colony and was largely populated by the Roman veterans of the Parthian campaigns who were granted landed property in return of their service. Originally, the name

REMARKABLE RUINS – Carthage, Tunisia


Carthage was founded as a Phoenician colony near modern Tunis. After the fall of the great Phoenician city of Tyre to Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Carthage became the leader of the Phoenician colonies in the west and founded an informal but powerful Empire. From the 6th century onwards, it