January 13, 2018

Let's continue with the description of the various Roman masonry techniques started in the previous publication of this web "A brief description of the main Roman masonry techniques. 1st. Part".

December 13, 2017

The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes was commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs in the city of Toledo (Spain) to honor the victory in Battle of Toro in 1476. This battle put the end to the War of Succession in favor of Princess Isabel, sister of the late King Enrique IV. They fought against the supporters of Juana, illegitimate daughter of the king. At first, the architecture and decoration were...

November 23, 2017

Vitruvius wrote in the decade from 35 to 25 BC his masterpiece "De architectura", conceived as a summary of the architectural knowledge of his time and previous ones. Divided into ten books, the second one was chosen by the author to expose extensively the building materials and construction techniques used in his time. Enunciated all of them with the generic word "Opus", the s...

October 21, 2017

The ancient city of Lugdunum corresponds to the present Lyon, the great city of the French southeast. Founded in 43 BC by the Julius Caesar´s legate, Lucius Munatius Plancus, will reach great importance, prosperity and wealth during the high-imperial period as described in contemporary texts, to the point of rising to the status of first city --capital-- of Gaul. This splendor would begin to weake...

September 25, 2017

The story of Kyme (Cyme in Latin), Turkey, is long as few. It was founded by greek settlers from the city of Locris sometime from the 8th century BC. The settlement prospered greatly to the point of forming a local emporium focused on maritime commerce, with little relation to the interior of Anatolia. With the passage of time it would be considered the largest and most important of the aeolian ci...

September 2, 2017

The scant ruins of Cyzicus, once the great capital of Mysia, are located a few kilometers from the Turkish town of Erdek, in the north of the country, half hidden by the thick olive groves that populate the area. The exact place is known as Bal Kiz, the ancient Kiz, proceeding the word Kiz from Kyzikos, the greek name of the city. Founded in the mid-7th century BC by Ionian greeks from Miletus, C...

August 14, 2017

The remains of the Thermae of Herodes Atticus are the most important architectural vestige of the once magnificent city of Alexandria Troas, in the remote north-west of Turkey. Undoubtedly they formed a more than outstanding building complex to the point that, despite the plunder and to stand unexcavated, they look still grandiose in sight. The thermal complex was built, along with the rest of el...

July 15, 2017

Constantinople has been known since 1930 as Istanbul, being nowadays the most populous city in Turkey and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. After the triumph of Constantine I in his conflict with Licinius I, he became in the unique emperor of the entire roman world. He then decided to erect a large city in the eastern half of the Empire to replace the decadent and little p...

June 17, 2017

December 5, 2015. We find ourselves driving through the heart of the mountains and valleys of ancient Troas, in the northwest of Turkey not far from the sea. Our goal is to visit the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Neandria, located at the summit of Mount Çığrı (520 m), so that we climb up the hillside until reaching the tiny town of Kayacık Köyü: located at the foot of the powerful granite mas...

June 4, 2017

The ancient Siscia is the present Croatian city of Sisak. Its more than 2500 years of history begin in the Iron Age when a Celtic settlement called Segestica, name that would derive in Siscia, is founded in the confluence between the Kupa, Sava and Odra rivers. According to Apiano's words the city was "strongly defended by the waters, which surrounded it forming a great moat around it&quo...

May 20, 2017

Assos (present Behramkale, in the northwestern extreme of Turkey) is the name of an ancient Greek city built on the southern slope of a high rocky hill raised beside to one of the few quality harbors existing in the sector of the Troas (Troad) coast which overlooks the Gulf of Adramyttium. Its well selected location granted to the city an important defensive capacity as well as a high strategic-co...

May 6, 2017

The present Italian city of Pavia originates from a roman military camp founded to guard the main communications hub of the northern half of the Italian peninsula, from which the causeways leading to Gaul, the Balkans and Rome itself started. As on so many other occasions, the original camp grew until to give rise to a settlement of urban entity which reached the rank of Roman municipality probabl...

April 21, 2017

During our visit to the site of the ancient city of Cyzicus in December 2015, we find out that, apart from the ruins of Hadrian's Temple, there were vestiges of a large building some kilometers to the east of the temple. In order to locate it we climbed to the top of the hill that rises to the north of the site (the Dindymon mount of the classic texts) from where we scrutinized the hillside an...

April 8, 2017

The city of Thessalonica (nowadays known as Thessaloniki) was founded in 316 BC by the diadochus Cassander at an important crossroads what would facilitate its economic development and the arising of the city as the main port of northern Greece.

March 23, 2017

After visiting the brief remains of Sardes, the ancient capital of Lydia, inside Asia Minor, we arrived to the place where the ruins of the mythical temple of Artemis rest, lit by a slightly warm sun of early December. The site is fenced and you have to pay a small entrance to enter. The Paktolos river flows quietly close the fence. In the background, imposing itself on the western horizon, the po...

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