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Old January 20th, 2012, 06:15 AM   #21
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the ancient city of Angkor is the best!
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Old January 20th, 2012, 07:26 AM   #22
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Many of the cities being posted here are from the middle ages, still beautiful though.

one of the main temples of Teotihuacan, Temple of Quetzalcoatl, built around 200 AD
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Old January 21st, 2012, 10:35 PM   #24
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Wow, that's beautiful! The details are very well preserved.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 03:53 PM   #25
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For me it's BABILON, then ancient Rome
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 04:39 PM   #26
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Imperial Rome:



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Old January 23rd, 2012, 08:40 PM   #27
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Good choice Malyan
Even now you can imagine how wonderful place it was almost 1700 years ago
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Old January 24th, 2012, 12:20 AM   #28
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Old January 24th, 2012, 07:32 PM   #29
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ancient Xian (Chang'an), the sister, larger, counterpoint to Rome's empire. It had palaces 4 and 7x larger than the Forbidden City (the world's largest palace today), and was filled with lesser palaces in the style of each of the conquered nations that made up the empire, alongside inhabitants - a multi-ethnic, multilingual, multi-religious centre replete with temples, churches, and mosques. The main streets were up to 500ft wide in the first grid plan, later templates for other Chinese, Korean and Japanese capitals.




it would be nice if someone decides to rebuild it, but in other place of china...
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Old January 24th, 2012, 09:44 PM   #30
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they are slowly rebuilding the Chang'an palace, a few buildings at a time in a large park.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #31
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Constantinople, of course.

The City reconstructed: http://www.arkeo3d.com/byzantium1200/contents.html

Chalke: Principal Gate to the Sacred Palace


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The Great Triple Land Walls of Theodosius


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The Forum of Constantine:



The Forum of Theodosius:


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Blachernae Palace:

1. Theotokos Church
2. Soros Chapel
3. Danubios
4. Okeanos
5. Anastasiakos
6. Alexiakos
7. So called Anemas Dungeons
8. Palace bath recently found
9. Palace of Manuel Comnenus
10. Chapel
11. Palace of Empress Bertha
12. Tower of Isaac Angelus

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Augustaion:





Column of Justinian:



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Mosaic Peristyle in the Great Palace:




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Portus Theodosiacus:



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Old January 25th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #32
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great images of the rome of the east!
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Old January 25th, 2012, 12:54 AM   #33
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Yeah, Constantinople was truly amazing.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:31 AM   #34
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Constantinople, of course.
The Forum of Constantine:

At least the column is still standing

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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:36 AM   #35
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Liudprand of Cremona's Imperial Audience at the Magnaura in the Great Palace of Constantinople (10th Century)



Aenea sed deaurata quaedam arbor ante imperatoris sedile stabat cuius ramos itidem aeneae diversis generis deauratae aves replebant quae secundum species suas diversarum avium voces emittebant Imperatoris vero solium erat arte compositum ut in momento humile excelsius modo Quam mox videretur sublime quod immensae magnitudinis incertum utrum aenei an lignei verum auro tecti leones quasi custodiebant qui cauda terram percutientes aperto ore linguisque mobilibus rugitum emittebant In hac igitur duorum eunuchorum humeris ante imperatoris praesentiam sum deductus Cumque in adventu meo rugitum leones emitterent aves secundum species suas perstreperent nullo sum terrore nulla admiratione commotus quotiam quidem ex his omnibus eos qui bene noverant fueram percontatus Tercio itaque pronus imperatorem adorans caput sustuli et quem prius moderata mensura a terra elevatum sedere vidi mox aliis indutum vestibus poenes domus laquear sedere prospexi quod quam iter fieret cogitare non potui nisi forte eo sit subvectus argalio quo torcularium arbores subvehuntur

In front of the emperor’s throne was set up a tree of gilded bronze, its branches filled with birds, likewise made of bronze gilded over, and these emitted cries appropriate to their species. Now the emperor’s throne was made in such a cunning manner that at one moment it was down on the ground, while at another it rose higher and was to be seen up in the air. This throne was of immense size and was, as it were, guarded by lions, made either of bronze or wood covered with gold, which struck the ground with their tails and roared with open mouth and quivering tongue. Leaning on the shoulders of two eunuchs, I was brought into the emperor’s presence. As I came up the lions began to roar and the birds to twitter, each according to its kind, but I was moved neither by fear nor astonishment … After I had done obeisance to the Emperor by prostrating myself three times, I lifted my head, and behold! the man whom I had just seen sitting at a moderate height from the ground had now changed his vestments and was sitting as high as the ceiling of the hall. I could not think how this was done, unless perhaps he was lifted up by some such machine as is used for raising the timbers of a wine press

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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:41 AM   #36
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Forum Costantinii is a really enjoyable masterpiece of roman architecture! I like it a lot!
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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:46 AM   #37
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At least the column is still standing
That column is as old as the Imperial City.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:27 AM   #38
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For me -and apparently, for the conquerors- the Great Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) stands for the most beautiful ancient city. -Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés arrived in Tenochtitlan on November 8, 1519. At this time it is believed that the city was one of the largest in the world; compared to Europe, only Paris, Venice and Constantinople were larger.-

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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:35 AM   #39
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Though, Tenochtitlan was founded in 1325 AD. So is not THAT ancient.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:28 PM   #40
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Ancien Trowulan
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