Photographer's Note

A very well-known feature from the ancient Roman world, the Greek reflecting pool at Hadrian's Villa, just outside the modern town of Tivoli (ancient Tibur).

The emperor Hadrian loved all things Greek; this immense estate (covering an area of at least 250 acres; and probably more, as much remains unexcavated) served as his country retreat, as it is conveniently located just outside Rome. Most of it dates to the early second century AD. It featured more than 30 buildings, which may have been enhanced by stone quarried in the nearby travertine quaries; there's also an ample supply of tufa and pozzolana (which is utilized in Roman concrete) for use of building materials. The water supply was also evidently ample, as seen in features such as this one; there were many other fountains and the extensive bath complexes at the villa and a nearby stream also provided water for one of the four aqueducts that supplied the city of Rome. This site is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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