Volubilis was a Roman settlement, located close to Meknes and 4 kilometres from the Islamic city of Moulay Idriss, dating from the 3rd century BC. Volubilis was a central administrative city for this part of Roman Africa, responsible for grain production and exports to Rome. It was also responsible for contact with Berber tribes who were never suppressed but cooperated for mutual benefit.
Unlike many other Roman cities, Volubilis survived after the Romans lost their foothold in this part of Africa in the 3rd century and the Latin language continued until the Arabs conquered North Africa in the late 7th century.
People continued to live here for more than 1,000 years after this until it was abandoned in the 18th century, when it was demolished to provide building materials for the construction of the palaces of Moulay Ismail in Meknes. If not for this, Volubilis could have become one of the best preserved Roman sites in the world. Some of the best excavations have been moved to the Archaeological Museum close to the royal palace in Rabat, but Volubilis still offers lots to see including about 30 high quality mosaics that still stand in their original place.
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mauro61 (52623) 2011-02-12 0:34
mi piace il POV con i ruderi che si intravedono da dentro la porta.
La luce è perfetta e buona la resa azzurra del cielo,
besnard (53193) 2011-02-12 0:41
Une bonne luminosité qui met en valeur ces vestiges du passé.
Merci pour le partage et bon week-end.
mesutilgim (83028) 2011-02-12 0:42
Hi Fritz, my neighbour
Good and educative entry from this old Roman settlement in Northafrica.
Seeing such ruins, I allways put me the question "how did it look like, when those cities (maybe some 2000 years ago) was still been vivid and people passed through this gates etc etc.
Anyhow, nice entry with good and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
snunney (82547) 2011-02-12 4:04
The wall coming in from the left draws the eye to the stone doorway through which we can espy some further ruins in the background; an invitation to visit and explore. I like the detail to be observed in the old stones which is beautifully rendered with good tones and textures.
Sergiom (58686) 2011-02-12 5:07
Tout le monde voudrait emprunter cette porte pour aller voir plus loin dans les ruines. Les détails de la piere sont magnifiques ainsi que la lumière et le ciel.
vasilpro (40933) 2011-02-12 10:51
Wonderful composition, interesting ruins, lovely light and colors, very good contrast, excellent POV, TFS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
dkmurphys (48446) 2011-02-12 12:30
Fine detail, walls that have taken the test of ressistance into the history. Amazing, well done.
bona (12478) 2011-02-16 7:32
Nice miniserie of Volubilis. I like this one with the stone wall and the threshold. Love blue sky.
- Copyright: Csaba Witz (csabagaba) (6554)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-04
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Sony DSC R1, ZeissVario-SonnarT*14,3-71,5 f/ 2,8-4,8, Soligor Blueline UV 67mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-12 0:32