View onto the Capitol, 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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mauro61 (52623) 2011-03-04 2:03
la composizione č ben eseguita e il taglio esalta l'immagine con una buona profonditŕ.
lousat (75566) 2011-03-04 2:21
Hi George,spectacular choice of point of view on the Capitol,i like a lot the rich composition,the usul impressive sharpness and the natural colors...i think that must to been there like me to appreciate the class of this pic.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
csabagaba (6554) 2011-03-04 2:35
Nosztalgiázol egy kicsit Tunéziában:-) Ez a helyszín, nekem úgy rémlik, már volt, legalábbis a templom a háttérben. Így viszont a környezettel együtt jobban értelmezhető. Nagyon jók az olajfák középen, mert jó hátteret/előteret adnak a romoknak. Kár, hogy az előtér kicsit homálos, nagyobb mélységélesség, vagy esetleg többmezős fókuszállítással, ad absurdum, vágással ez megoldható lett volna:-)
Húdenagyon szakember lett belőlem:-)
Persze a fene sem tudja, mert akkor a kompozició borul meg. Hja, nehéz Istennek lenni:-) (Strugackij)
Most egy kicsit nempolitizálok, azt hiszem, egyelőre nem is érdemes... mert ugye Virág elvtárs is megmondta: A helyzet fokozódik:-)
Szép napot és közeli tavaszt:-)
A felújítási roham beindult már?
jemaflor (83757) 2011-03-04 2:49
Good shot about these ruines, wall composed with an interesting fg, good light and colors, tfs.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-03-04 3:08
good view of the Capitol in Dougga.
Good shot in vertical format.
The different levels give depth of field to the image.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-04 3:10
Well captured ruins with great details. Nice warm colors and well framed. Very helpful note.
snunney (82559) 2011-03-04 3:43
A well composed image with an interesting layered effect. The two pillars in the bottom part of the image act as pointers directing the eyes towards the Capitol. I like the tonal contrasts and the details to be observed in the stonework. Very good sharpness.
francio64 (38276) 2011-03-04 4:42
un'altra bella foto dalla Tunisia che pian piano sto imparando a conoscere bene seguendo il tuo tour fotografico.
Ottimo POV con il piccolo tempio in BG.
Immagine nitida con una buona gestione della luce.
Well done! TFS!
JFS (32459) 2011-03-04 5:33
Very good vertical composition full of details and great dpeth of field. TFS!
Sergiom (58734) 2011-03-04 6:35
Trčs beau cadrage vertical. Il donne une trčs belle profondeur et une belle hauteur ŕ l'image. Le sujet est remarquable et la luminosité est superbe.
holmertz (40085) 2011-03-04 7:34
This is an excellent and well balanced composition, nicely split into three sections. Sharpness and colours are superb.
abmdsudi (42664) 2011-03-04 9:47
The compo is the most impressive element here, the Capitol is standing tall majestically overlooking the hill and perfectly placed at the thirds. Equally attractive foreground subjects in particular the green foliange all blended well to make such a successful capture, Well done and great capture.
bema (26333) 2011-03-04 10:47
a beautiful motive, captured from a splendid pov and taken with a real good color-management.. perfect depth and light!
have a nice friday, see you around, Bernd
vasilpro (40933) 2011-03-04 11:07
Wonderful composition in two levels, I like your POV with the trees in the middle of the interesting ancient ruins, lovely light and colors, beautiful view, very good DOF, TFS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
TopGeo (38202) 2011-03-04 11:10
Hi George They is beautiful the detail of vertical choice in the composition. Impresses the first level and place with the Temple in the background it adds Good detail, about these ruin-wall composed with an interesting FG, good light and colors, thank you for sharing bravo Geo...
npecanhuk (64290) 2011-03-04 12:55
Very attractive picture!
Very good quality!
TFS - congrats,
bukitgolfb301 (35442) 2011-03-04 14:04
Hi my dear George
Another great masterpiece! So sharp and clear shot indeed as usual! Best match the front and rear indeed.
Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good day and best regards,
Takero from Tokyo (3℃)
Zolive (5935) 2011-03-04 14:37
very bautiful of antic Greece. I like different floors of your picture (Withe stones wall, columnes, olive trees and Capitol). Great light and colors.
siamesa (27739) 2011-03-04 15:21
Boa noite George
Very interesting and historics, of course, these Roman ruins. Amazing composition. Superb register. TFS
jjcordier (75668) 2011-03-04 22:58
Encore une trčs bonne photo de ces célčbres ruines romaines de Dougga.
dkmurphys (48446) 2011-03-05 3:19
Very impressive ruins, traces of a great Roman Empire. Hope they're ok during these violent days.
Enjoy the weekend.
sandpiper (6788) 2011-03-05 3:46
Great composition and no tourists. Looks an impressive place, TFS
bona (12478) 2011-03-05 7:56
Tunisia, have many of this roman style ruins. Amazing how a so old place is still standing. A very splendid place.
Thanks for the great note as always.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-11
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-04 1:58