Dear TE friends!
1200 photos from 21 countries, this was a superb adventure Thank you for your attention and the kind criticisms. I hope, we may enjoy each other's photos for a long time yet.
Kedves TE barátok!
1200 fotó 21 országból, ez nagyszerű kaland volt! Köszönöm a kedves kritikákat és a figyelmeteket. Remélem, még hosszú ideig élvezhetjük egymás fotóit.
Door in the ancient past, Dougga
Dougga or Thugga (Arabic: دقة) is a Roman ruin in northern Tunisia located on a 65 hectare site.
UNESCO qualified Dougga as a World Heritage Site in 1997, believing that it represents “the best-preserved Roman small town in North Africa”. The site, which lies in the middle of the countryside, has been protected from the encroachment of modern urbanisation, in contrast, for example, to Carthage, which has been pillaged and rebuilt on numerous occasions.
Dougga, or Thugga, is undoubtedly the most prestigious of Tunisia’s archaeological sites. Several factors contribute to its standing on the Tunisian archaeological scene: its location on a spur dominating the rich Mejerdah valley (Thugga, in the Libyc language means green), the size of the site extending over several dozen hectares and covering several historical eras, the vegetation – in particular the many centuries old olive grove surrounding it - and of course, the excellent state of conservation of most of its monuments, some of which, such as the capitol or the theatre, were “restored to their upright position” during a campaign undertaken just after the first world war by prisoners of war.Therefore, from the “dolmens” to the Byzantine fortifications, all the stages in the history of ancient Africa are illustrated on the site by outstanding monuments, buildings that figure amongst the most elegant and elaborate of the Mediterranean basin, such as the capitol, the theatre, the Lybico-Punic mausoleum, or the superb patrician villas.
The capitol is a Roman temple from the 2nd century CE, principally dedicated to Rome’s protective triad: Jupiter Optimus Maximus, Juno Regina et Minerva Augusta. It has a secondary dedication to the wellbeing of the emperors Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius; judging by this reference, the capitol must have been completed in 166-167 CE.
Thomas d’Arcos identified the capitol as a temple of Jupiter in the 17th century. It was the object of further research at the end of the 19th century, led in particular by the doctor Louis Carton in 1893. The walls, executed in opus africanum style, and the entablature of the portico were restored between 1903 and 1910. Claude Poinssot discovered a crypt beneath the cella in 1955. The most recent works were carried out by the Tunisian Institut national du patrimoine between 1994 and 1996.
The capitol is exceptionally well preserved, which is a consequence of its inclusion in the Byzantine fortification. A series of eleven stairs lead up to the front portico. The temple front’s Corinthian columns are eight metres tall, on top of which is the perfectly preserved pediment. The pediment bears a depiction of emperor Antoninus Pius’s elevation to godhood. The emperor is being carried by an eagle. The base of the cella still features alcoves for three statues. The middle alcove houses a colossal statue of Jupiter. (Source: patrimoinedetunisie.com & wikipedia )
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batalay (36133) 2011-02-09 3:21
Framed by an ancient gate, the temple makes a very effective focal point. Congratulations on your 1200th, and what an extraordinarily varied and beautiful gallery you've created. Rome was not built in a day, nor your collection.
Hellas (6853) 2011-02-09 3:23
What a great 3D effect of performance!
Excellent exposure and management of light!
Very sharp and clear image, George!
snunney (87284) 2011-02-09 3:41
Congratulations on reaching this major milestone. I have enjoyed seeing your pictures and this one is no exception. It is well composed making good use of the ancient archway to frame the ruins in the background. The lovely sky makes a pleasant backdrop and contrasts well with the beige tones of the stonework. Very good colours and sharpness. Here's to the next 1200!
BennyV (13905) 2011-02-09 4:29
A door to the past, a door to world...and a fine picture to celebrate your so many pictures. I visited Dougga one cold afternoon in mid-winter some time ago and was very impressed by the place. I remember this view (though back then I wasn't as involved in photography as I am these days). Lovely clouds too!
(some noise in the sky, don't know if it would be worth trying to clean it up, picture might get a bit too plastic-ky...)
Cheers & thanks for sharing your work.
Atousa (7131) 2011-02-09 4:45
I like the way you used the ancient door as a frame for the main part.. good colors n composition.. very well captured..tfs
Congratulations for your 1200th post.
francio64 (39401) 2011-02-09 5:32
le tue foto sulla Tunisia, oltre ad essere belle dal punto di vista del PP, permettono di avere una buona idea del luogo grazie alla scelta del buon POV.
Complimenti George, fai venire il desiderio di andarci.
Auguri per la tua 1200th on TE!
Sergiom (63979) 2011-02-09 5:48
Félicitations pour ta 1200ičme photo. 21 pays visités est aussi un trčs bel exploit. Tu régales nos yeux depuis longtemps et celle-ci est un exemple typique de tes grandes qualités de photographe.
faletiz (10759) 2011-02-09 6:45
congratulations to 1200 th photos! Beautiful framing with the temple well centered in the ancient door jamb, miraculously survived to the time. Wonderful color and light, charming composition.
Dear regards, ciao
dkmurphys (50730) 2011-02-09 7:00
Fine road to the 1200 number. Indeed, quite an impressive trip. Well done, congratulations! Good capture to celebrate this.
Have a beautiful evening.
PJE (20758) 2011-02-09 8:48
Well Congratulations George on your 1200th photo. I trust your time on this site has been a rewarding experience, and I trust more wonderful doors of opportunity for excellent photography will open up for you in the future. Oh yes the photo is very well positioned in the frame.
siudzi (34119) 2011-02-09 9:35
You had a very good idea to take this shot. The title is great! Your work has a brilliant concept, interesting composition and very good quality. Well done. Congrats!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-02-09 10:45
Congratulations to all these interesting photos, all very good. Light, crisp, the colors of this picture is remarkable. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
vasilpro (41035) 2011-02-09 13:34
Superb composition, wonderful view and beautiful natural frame, interesting ruins, very good contrast, lovely colors and light, excellent POV.
Congratulations for your 1200 beautiful photos on TE!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
bema (26361) 2011-02-09 13:43
first of all, my congratulations for this next milestone in your famous career here on TE..
thinke you have chosen a very fine picture to celebrate this event, anice one, perfect in all conditions!
so keep on posting, see you around, Bernd
npecanhuk (68150) 2011-02-09 18:19
Congratulations for your 1,200 pictures here at TE!!!!!
You celebrate them with this very attractive photograph, where the chosen pov and the composition, again, are the highlights! Of course, colors, exposure, horizontal format and black & white borders are all excellent too!
Keep up with the superb job! I love it all!
TFS - congrats,
emka (82572) 2011-02-09 20:00
1200 photos from so many countries, it is extraordinary achievement, my congratulations! I wish you you have still joy of posting them in TE. Very well chosen POV here from Dougga, my favorite place on Tunisia. The gate , and the temple iside it, the column - all in the right place here. Superb photo.
ktanska (25301) 2011-02-09 22:26
Fiscinating to see such old door frame still standing, it looks much more fragile than stone walls around. Your angle is of course perfect showing those ruins within the door frame. Deep blue sky makes good contrast with sandstone colours.
dip (23760) 2011-02-09 23:24
1200 beautiful photos from 21 countries is indeed a great performance!
Congratulations and keep it up!
mauro61 (52631) 2011-02-10 0:25
complimenti per la costanza e per l'altissimo numero di foto sempre di grande qualitŕ.
Splendidamente incorniciato dal portale, il tempio si mostra in tutta la sua bellezza con un cielo azzurro fantastico,
csabagaba (6626) 2011-02-10 1:52
Bahh... most látom csak: 1200 fotó... nem semmi:-) Hát akkor előre a kövstkező 1200-ért:-) 21 ország... Te... világcsavargó:-)
Rajta hát. Jut eszembe, ha jól emlékszem egyszer valamikor említettél egy könyvet. Azzal mi történt?
sandpiper (6788) 2011-02-10 2:44
An excellent image to cellebrate your amazing number of posts, congratulations.
Superb composition and POV
siamesa (27751) 2011-02-10 3:50
Bom dia George
Congratulations for this important mark. 1200 photos is a impressive number of posts. 21 countries is an excellent record. More 1200... 300,400,500... that what we want surely.
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-02-10 5:04
Ola George ,
Parabéns por esta grande marca 1200 fotos , é sempre um prazer olhar as tuas fotos , bom primeiro plano com estas ruínas , gostei muito da porta com o templo de fundo , boas cores e luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
timecapturer (49288) 2011-02-10 6:37
expert framing here and a truly fascinating image. Sharp so that all the textures and details stand out. Inspired composition, well done!
JCG (35129) 2011-02-10 10:25
An interesting invitation to enter in the history here… Beautiful and luminous photograph, a good success of the eye of the photographer for framing. Congratulations for this 1200th composition, I am far from this number !!! Thank you George for all these photographs which make us discover the world differently.
With all my friendships and a very good evening,
bona (13185) 2011-02-10 12:21
it seems amazing to me visit all this places. You have a great history of live to tell tou your children, grandchildren and who knows tou your great grandchildren.
I'm glad to be present here seeing all the magnificant places by your eyes. Congratulations for the mark!
But when you will came to Brazil1 :)
Lovely ancient place, the blue sky is suberb.
Hugs my friend
Silvio1953 (126846) 2011-02-10 12:30
Ciao George, congratulations for your splendid 1200 post on TE, beautiful composition with lovely door that frames a fantastic architecture, wonderful light, excellent clarity and good natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
hispic (9652) 2011-02-10 19:08
Jó reggelt Kedves György,
Very nice luminous impression. It seems highlight was not reduced this time. The ancient Roman city in Tunisia under the scorching sunshine is beautifully depicted with fine sharpness and definition. Superb work.
Congratulations on your 1200th post!
Best wishes, Hisashi
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-11
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-09 3:08