Amongst wild flowers the ruins of the ancient city of Volubilis reach towards the sky. All around it, as far as the eye can see, are fertile plains. The city has a long history and it’s worth reading up on it on wikipedia. I include here two small snippets from a lengthy article.
I include also in workshop a photo of one of the many mosaics which due to their size and complexity indicate a wealthy merchant class. Sadly these mosaics are exposed to the elements and according to our guide, little money is being spent for their preservation.
In my photo of the basilica you can just see the white town I posted prior to this photo. Look beyond the column on the left, far towards the hills.
Volubilis.› Arabic: وليلي) is a partly excavated Roman city in Morocco situated near Meknes between Fes and Rabat. Built in a fertile agricultural area, it was developed from the 3rd century BC onwards as a Phoenician/Carthaginian settlement. It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD onwards and expanded to cover an area of about 40 hectares (100 acres) with a 2.6 km (1.6 mi) circuit of walls. The city gained a number of major public buildings in the 2nd century, including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch. Its prosperity, which was derived principally from olive growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors.
Two major public buildings are readily visible at the centre of the city – the basilica and the Capitoline Temple. The basilica was used for the administration of justice and the governance of the city. Completed during the reign of Macrinus in the early 3rd century, it is one of the finest Roman basilicas in Africa and is probably modeled on the one at Leptis Magna in Libya. The building is 42.2 metres (138 ft) long by 22.3 metres (73 ft) wide and originally had two storeys.Its interior is dominated by two rows of columns framing the apses at each end of the building where the magistrates sat. The outer wall of the basilica, which is faced with columns, overlooks the forum where markets were held.
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Periko (1389) 2013-08-30 7:58
Impressive colors. I like the row of arches and the vanish point. Exposure is perfect.
abmdsudi (32515) 2013-08-30 8:12
Thanks to your supporting narratives. It's a neat, factual image and it records the appearance of the ruins pretty well. I love the composition and pov with the smooth receding arches and all the clichés that actually make an interesting image, one that draws the eye in and invites it to explore. Its looks nicer with a blue sky, exposure is ok and fine overall contrast. I think the weather condition suits you very well here as darker blue boosts and holds the image together to look much better. Excellent historic record shot, Congrats.
NB; I still remember this place visited in winter dec 2004, i have yet to dig out my slides probably I'll upload my version of this place at a later date.
jurek1951 (37040) 2013-08-30 8:33
great view, this is a superb photo of this famous arches, the composition is spectacular, beautiful lights and details,
dta (56746) 2013-08-30 8:42
Hello Klaudio ,
Your serie from Morocco , is excellent and very varied . This is here a splendid capture of this roman ruin . Great light and sky , superb perspective and framing .
aleXundar (621) 2013-08-30 8:51
An intriguing photo. You are right that preservation of old treasures are not always taken care of. This happens to India also. However, now that the UNESCO has declared Volubilis as a World Heritage, let's hope for the best.
Romano46 (11573) 2013-08-30 10:34
la composizione č eccellente e permette di mettere in gran risalto la bellezza dell'architettura.
Ed essa si somma una nitidezza notevole ed un colore molto ben dosato.
Splendido il soggetto che si staglia contro l'azzurro del cielo.
Complimenti per l'ottimo lavoro.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
fabbs99 (11190) 2013-08-30 11:06
Great shot of the ruins of the ancient city of Volubilis.Fascinating structure with many many modern engineering facets visible in the frame.Very well done.TFS.
nikkitta (9003) 2013-08-30 17:30
Very good note to introduce this very good capture and composition of Volubilis
Good frame and great POV and contrast with the sky
Must see your other Marroc photos, I was there some years ago, visiting this place on my way to Fez
emka (64182) 2013-08-30 23:14
hello Klaudio, I am never bored with such ruins. Unfortunately when I was in Morocco (ages ago) we planned to go to Volubilis but finally we couldn't go. What a pity. I like your composition with a column behind just in the right place and nicely made on diagonal. Wonderful colours.
have a beautiful weekend
bukitgolfb301 (32668) 2013-08-30 23:50
Hi dear Klaudio
Wow Morocco has also water bridge, I see. I already saw in Tunisia too. Another stuuning and professional image for great hitorical regacy. Widefocus makes so fantatsic and sharp / clear image. Blessing on your supper mastreful job!
Thanks a lot and have a good weekend! Takero
ChrisJ (91292) 2013-08-31 1:39
I almost went here when in Chef Chauen / Fez but chose the Sahara instead as I had seen Roman ruins throughout Europe and Turkey. But nice to see what I missed! Looks a little like Pompeii. Good sharpness and perspective with the diagonal lines at left adding dynamism and lead in lines. Tfs!
mohammad_H (7488) 2013-09-01 3:54
The camera angle and background is very nice , old buildings and history are always attractive to viewers , this place of our ancestors , and we have to remember , clearly higher
all the best
dekanski (1075) 2013-09-02 23:52
naše putovanje po Maroku se zahvaljujući tebi nastavlja. Sjajni podaci o motivu ove i fotografije u WS.
Silvio1953 (105599) 2013-09-03 12:45
Ciao Klaudio, great perspective on interesting architecture, superb sky, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-04 4:58
Very good perspective, which gives good depth to the image! The colors are also great! It's really a beautiful place! Wonderful composition!
ikeharel (44081) 2013-09-16 2:49
Good evening Klaudio,
The Ws with the Mosaic is a stunning ancient artwork that deserve a photo posted by itself, to my humble opinion.
The multi-arch old edifice along the boulevard, is an outstanding evidence to the big size of how this city was.
Great POVchosen, a diagoanl view, added much DOF to the marvelous scene. Fine clear photo as well.
jmdias (48373) 2013-11-22 0:23
excellent use of the diagonal of these ancient arches. the light was perfect here too. I took a taxi from meknes to reach this area and spend almost a day here and in the little town located near of it.