The Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex in Sofia, Bulgaria is a modern project that was completed in 2016. This is where ancient Roman ruins form a part of the metro station. It is very rare in Sofia to find a contrast as big, especially between the ancient and ultra-modern structures.
The Aljafería Palace is the only fortified Islamic palace that dates to the middle ages. The construction works of the palace have been completed in the second half of the 11th century. Being a very well preserved place, today it serves as headquarter of the Aragonese Parliament.
The Odeon of Herodes Atticusis among the best examples of Antique architecture. Its construction works were finalized in 161 AD. The ancient theatre was renovated in 1950, in order to be preserved for the future and to serve as a very special venue of cultural events. This ancient theatre in Athens has been actively used as an amphitheater on which stage many world-known musicians, singers and opera stars have performed.
Completed in the 415 BC, this marble building is of high architectural and archaeological significance. You may be surprised to find out that this marble example of fine Antiquity architecture has also inspired the design of buildings in other countries. Among them are: Vermont State House in the USA; Penshaw Monument in England; New Parliament House in Edinburgh.
As a person who likes big sporting events very much, I find this marble stadium simply amazing. I guess that all fans of the Olympic games and their history, would love to see the impressive Panathenaic Stadium in Athens with their own eyes. ‘The marble stadium’ is the only one stadium in the world, built entirely of marble. It should be noted that the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 were held there.
The palace is built on foundation walls of a tower house, which dates back to the Moorish Kingdom in the 9th century. The original building has been expanded and altered many times since its establishment during the Taifa Kingdom in 1065. Especially after the recapture by the catholic kings in 1118 its design was remarkably influenced by the immigrating Muslims and their renowned Mudejar style.
This photo was taken very (very) early in the morning, but 4 o’clock seemed to be the perfect time to capture the roman Diocletian’s palace in Split in the right light. The palace made from marble and limestone shines in a unique and unusual way during the light of the moon. This scene together with the clear night sky and a million twinkling stars was the perfect picture waiting to be taken.
The picture shows parts of the famous Walls of Dubrovnik, which is together with Old Town of Dubrovnik part of the UNESCO list of world heritage sites since 1979. Over the years, the strong walls have proven themselves as a valuable protector to the city, lastly it shielded the city during the Siege of Dubrovnik in 1992. When you set foot on the majestic wall, which lays as tightly as a belt around the city, you almost wish those old stones were able to tell their stories from long forgotten days.