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"Cologne Cathedral - is a Roman Catholic church in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and is a World Heritage Site. It is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day.
Plan of the Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella, wife of the Triumvir Marcus Crassus, situated in the ancient Appian Way, not far from the Church of S. Sebastiano fuori delle Mura [St. Sebastian outside of the Walls]..., from Le Antichità Romane (Roman Antiquities), tome 3, tavola 49 Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)
The Roman Emperor Caracalla built baths (thermae [see Bath Terms]) for the public on a grand scale. The bath complex known as Thermae Antoninianae (Latin for the Baths of Caracalla), built between A.D. 212 and 216 (although the porticoes were completed later), covered about 13 hectares and could probably accommodate 1,600 bathers. It was built on a man-made terrace near the Via Appia 'Appian Way'.
The Villa of the Quintilii (Italian: Villa dei Quintili) is an ancient Roman villa beyond the fifth milestone along the Via Appia Antica just outside the traditional boundaries of Rome,Italy. It was built by the rich and cultured brothers Sextus Quintilius Maximus and Sextus Quintilius Condianus (consuls in 151 CE) in the course of the 2nd century.
In the 6th century Ctesiphon was one of the largest city in the world and one of the great cities of ancient Mesopotamia. Because of its importance, Ctesiphon was a major military objective for the Roman Empire and was captured by Rome, and later the Byzantine Empire, five times. Located in Iraq, the only visible remain today is the great arch Taq-i Kisra
Reconstruction of Basilica Ulpia in Rome by J. Guadet, 1867.
A “gate to hell” has emerged from ruins in southwestern Turkey. Known as Pluto’s Gate the cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology. Historic sources located the site in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale, and described the opening as filled with lethal mephitic vapors. “This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death,” Strabo (64/63 BC — 24 AD)