Friday, 30 January 2015

Alesia - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Alesia
Continent:    EUROPE
Alt Name:     -
Country:    France
Period:    Ancient Rome
Sub-Region:    -
Date:    100BC - 1BC
City/Town:    Alise-Sainte-Reine
Figure:    Julius Caesar
Resorts:    Alise-Sainte-Reine,
Related:    Pharsalus Battlefield, 

Alesia Wallpapers

Alesia history
Alesia is an archaeological site on Mount Auxois in the Côte-d'Or and the place where Roman emperor Julius Caesar won his decisive victory over the Gauls in 52 BC. By this time, much of southern France was already within the Roman Empire, having been annexed in around the second century BC, but other regions were still holding out.
At Alesia, Caesar met and defeated one of his most formidable adversaries, the Gaulish Chieftain, Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls’ uprising against the Romans. Yet, whilst Caesar was successful, he only won after a long siege, known as the Siege of Alesia.
The remains which have been uncovered in Alesia show that it became a prosperous Gallo-Roman city by the first century AD. Visitors to the Alesia archaeological site can see the ruins of several houses as well as public buildings and areas such as a theatre, a Roman administrative centre (basilica) and shops, all centred on a forum.
Also part of the Alesia site is the statue of Vercingetorix erected under the orders of Napoleon III in 1865, showing how this leader perceived this historic figure.
An impressive interpretative centre and archaeological museum have also recently opened here.
It is worth noting that there have been debates as to whether Alesia is the true site of this battle, with some historians claiming it occurred elsewhere.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Akrotiri - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Akrotiri
Continent:    EUROPE
Alt Name:     -
Country:    Greece
Period:    Minoan Period
Sub-Region:    Southern Europe
Date:     -
City/Town:    Akrotiri
Figure:     -
Resorts:    Thira,
Related:    Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, 

Akrotiri Photos....

Akrotiri History....
Akrotiri is a beautifully preserved ancient site in Santorini, famed for its incredible frescos and its connection with the Minoans.
In fact, Akrotiri was inhabited as early as the 4th millennium BC - some say earlier - during the late Neolithic period. It would then thrive and grow into a larger settlement measuring up to 20 hectares in the next millennium, during the Bronze Age.
Increasingly frequent earthquakes in the area meant that Akrotiri was finally abandoned, some say in the 17th century BC, but it was a volcanic eruption that truly ended the tale of this magnificent place.
Today, the stunning ruins of Akrotiri now stand in testament of the sophisticated urban settlement which once existed there. The buildings are not only multi-storey, many of them contain vivid frescoes of various themes. This excellent state of preservation has drawn parallels with another famously volcanically preserved site, earning it the moniker of the "Minoan Pompeii".
Yet, Akrotiri has another claim to fame. It is generally considered that Akrotiri was linked with Knossos and would have been a Minoan site. However, some have gone further, claiming that it was the lost city of Atlantis. This site also features as one of our Top 10 tourist attractions in Greece.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Aizanoi - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Aizanoi
Continent:    MIDDLE-EAST
Alt Name:     -
Period:    Ancient Rome
Sub-Region:    -
Date:    100AD - 199AD
City/Town:    Cavdarhisar
Figure:     -
Resorts:    Cavdarhisar,

Aizanoi photos...

 Aizanoi history
Aizanoi is a Turkish archaeological site housing mostly Roman remains from this ancient city’s peak in the second and third centuries AD.
Amongst its ruins, Aizanoi has five ancient and still used bridges, two Turkish-style baths, column-lined promenades, a stadium, a gymnasium, a theatre and its great Temple of Zeus.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Aguateca - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Aguateca
Continent:    THE AMERICAS
Alt Name:     -
Country:    Guatemala
Period:    Maya
Sub-Region:    -
Date:    700AD - 799AD
City/Town:    San Pablo
Figure:     -
Resorts:    Flores,
Related:    Dos Pilas, Ceibal,    Yaxha, Tikal ,

Aguateca Photos....

Aguateca history...
Aguateca is an important and well-excavated ancient Maya ceremonial site in Guatemala’s Peten Region.
Thought to have been one of the two capitals of the Maya Dynasty in the region – together with Dos Pilas – from around 700 AD, Aguateca was a vital stronghold, especially given its elevated position. In fact, in the eighth century, Dos Pilas was abandoned and its people sheltered at Aguateca.
When found, many of the structures at Aguateca had been burnt down and it is believed that the city was abandoned in approximately 800 AD, probably following an enemy attack.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Abydos - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Abydos
Continent:    MIDDLE-EAST
Alt Name:    Temple of Seti I
Country:    Egypt
Period:    Ancient Egypt
Sub-Region:    -
Date:    2000BC - 1001BC
City/Town:    Qina
Figure:    Pharaoh Ramesses II
Resorts:    Luxor,

Abydos Photos...

Abydos history
Abydos is an important Ancient Egyptian site located about 50 miles north-west of Luxor which contains a wealth of tombs, temples and other archaeological remains.
Covering a vast area, Abydos has offered up many historical sites and much of the area still remains uncovered. It is perhaps best known for the well preserved remains of the Temple of Seti I (also known as the Great Temple of Abydos), which was built by Seti and his son Ramesses II in the late 13th century BC. This is the principle tourist attraction of the Abydos site, and in fact much of Abydos is not open to the travelling public.
The settlement itself has a rich history dating back as far as 4000BC and pre-dynastic Egypt. During the Middle Kingdom (circa 2000BC – 1600BC) Abydos became an important religious centre revolving around the worship of Osiris. This led to Abydos becoming one of the most important cities in the region and it became the burial site of many of the ruling elite.
Abydos continued to be an important city and site of pilgrimage right up to the late Roman period and ruins have been found from throughout the long history of the site.
Other notable historic sites at Abydos include the Osireion, the symbolic tomb of Osiris, the necropolis of Umm el-Qa'ab and the Temple of Ramesses II.
Many visitors will visit Abydos - along with Dendera - either by train or organised tour from Luxor. This site also features as one of our top ten tourist attractions of Egypt.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Abu Simbel - Tour of Ancient world

Name:    Abu Simbel
Continent:    MIDDLE-EAST
Alt Name:    Temples of Ramesses II
Country:    Egypt
Period:    Ancient Egypt
Sub-Region:    -
Date:    2000BC - 1001BC
City/Town:    Abu Simbel
Figure:    Pharaoh Ramesses II
Resorts:    Abu Simbel, Aswan, Luxor,
Related:    Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings,
    Luxor Temple,

Abu Simbel Shots....

Abu Simbel history
Abu Simbel is an archaeological site in Egypt housing a series of incredible Ancient Egyptian monuments, especially a number of rock temples. The most famous sites at Abu Simbel are the two Temples of Ramesses II. The site was rediscovered in 1813.
Known as Ramesses the Great (sometimes spelt Ramses), Ramesses II is one of the most famous Egyptian pharaohs and formed part of the Nineteenth Dynasty. From 1279 BC, he built the temples at Abu Simbel as a way to immortalise himself, a feat he certainly seems to have achieved with these two vast structures and the large statues of himself which guard it.
The temples were carved directly into the sandstone outcrops located on the west bank of the Nile River, south of Aswan in the land of Nubia. These sacred temples were each dedicated to the gods as well as to Ramesses and his wife, Nefertari. The larger one, known as the Great Temple, honoured Re-Horakhti, Amon Ra and Ptah and the smaller, Hathor.
One of the most startling sights at Abu Simbel is the main hall of the Great Temple. This was also cut into the sandstone and along the hand hewn length are two rows of Osirid statues of Ramses, each one 30 feet high. Those on the north side wear the white crown of Upper Egypt, while those on the south side wear the double crown of Lower Egypt. This hall is precisely cut so that the early morning sun rays on 22nd of February and 22nd of October shine down the entire length to light up the back wall where the statues of four gods are seated.
Incredibly, the temples at Abu Simbel were once located elsewhere, but were moved – with the help of UNESCO – to their current location in order to protect them from flooding. The place they once stood is now under water.
Today, the Abu Simbel temples form part of a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the “Nubian Monuments”. This site also features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Egypt.
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