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Old January 17th, 2016, 11:47 AM   #341
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Ruins and Artifacts, mainly from Yemen and Southern Arabia



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Old January 17th, 2016, 11:49 AM   #342
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Old January 17th, 2016, 11:50 AM   #343
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Old January 17th, 2016, 11:53 AM   #344
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Old February 13th, 2016, 09:15 PM   #346
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Archaeological sites of ALBANIA (Ancient ILLYRIA)

Apollonia of Illyria is one of the most important archaeological sites of Albania, located 12 km from Fier.


The 6th century Byzantine baptistery in Butrint has the most wonderful mosaic floor and immersion baptismal font, is one of the finest of its kind.


The Archaeological Park of Antigonea is a relatively remote and unspoiled site, so visitors can enjoy a quiet and restful visit amongst the ancient stones and quiet countryside.


The Roman Via Egnatia Hiking Trail
An unforgettable journey into nature and history of Albania


With its fascinating ruins amid breathtaking views, the ancient city of Byllis is one of the numerous hidden treasures of south-central Albania.

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Old February 23rd, 2016, 02:31 PM   #347
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Sagunto / Saguntum -- Spain

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Wow.. Really Nice ... As a fan of archaeological sites, I have to say this is a great collection
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Saguntum / Sagunto / Spain

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Roman aqueduct, Chelva, Spain

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Katasraj Temples

Katasraj Mandir (Punjabi, Urdu: کٹاس راج مندر‎) is a Hindu temple complex situated in Katas village near Choa Saidanshah in the Chakwal district of Punjab in Pakistan. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has, according to Hindu legend, existed since the days of Mahābhārata and the Pandava brothers spent a substantial part of their exile at the site and later Krishna himself laid the foundation of this temple and established his hand made Shiv ling in it. The Pakistan Government is considering nominating the temple complex for World Heritage Site status. In 2007, it also proposed to restore the temple complex.[1] In 2012, the temple pond is drying up due to heavy use of ground water for industrial purposes.[2]


Location

The Katasraj mandirs are located 40 kilometres from Chakwal District. It takes a little effort to reach Katasraj by road - one has to go off the M2 motorway - (Islamabad- Lahore) at the Kallar Kahar interchange, Then follow the road to Choa Saidan Shah for 24 km and after passing the cement factory the road passes through the temple complex, with the major temple complex and the pond on the right.A very Historic Village is also located near by known a Dulmial.



Architecture

The Katas site houses the Satgraha, a group of seven ancient temples, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a few medieval temples, havelis and some recently constructed temples, scattered around a pond considered holy by Hindus.[5] The temples at Katas are mostly constructed on square platforms. The elevation of the sub shrines seems to form a series of cornices with small rows of pillars, crowned by a ribbed dome.

The Ramachandra Mandir is situated to the east of the Hari Singh Haveli and is closed from all sides except for an entrance on the east. The double-storied structure has eight rooms of various dimensions on the ground floor and a staircase at the south leading to the first floor. The mandir has two jharokas (balconies) that have been severely damaged.

The Hanuman Mandir is on the western extreme of a high rectangular enclosure with entrances on the south and the north. The temple's ceiling is undecorated, and lime-plastered.

The Shiva temple is also built on a square platform. Its entrance is a recessed round arch with faint cusps and a rectangular opening to the north.

View from balcony of.main temple







Tourists frequent the site to witness its beauty firsthand.



The main temple looms over the green pool.



People often only visit the main temple and the pond and not what is behind it.



A panoramic view from the roof of one of the temples.



Hindu pilgrims bathe in the pool in an attempt to seek forgiveness.




The pond is bright green, something that can leave anyone in awe. PHOTOS : MOEBIN KHURRAM HAFEEZ

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Hiran Minar


Hiran Minar (literally, the "deer tower") is a hunting retreat built by Emperor Jahangir to the northwest of Lahore. It was constructed in memory of an antelope named Mansraj that was beloved by the emperor. The memorial tower stands 30 meters high and is 10 meters wide at its base. Around the perimeter are 214 holes that are believed to have been used as supports for the severed heads of animal trophies taken by the emperor. This form and function is similar to an earlier tower, also known as Hiram Minar, built at Fatepur Sikri. It also resembles the Nim Serai Minar at Malda, whose projections may have been used in a similar manner to display the captured heads of local rebels.
To the east of the tower is an enormous rectangular tank with an octagonal baradari at its center. The baradari was used as a royal retreat by the emperor and is accessible via a bridge extending west toward the tower. Small pavilions mark the corners of the tanks and feature pyramidal roofs with entrances on four sides. On each side of the tank are shallow ramps that allowed wildlife in the hunting park easy access to the water. The water level was maintained using a series of channels and catchement basins leading to the site.
Unlike nearby Lahore, the surrounding countryside is thinly populated and remains largely rural. A belt of forest surrounds the site, further insulating it from the modern environment, allowing the visitor to experience the Mughal garden in a landscape that has changed relatively little since its inception.






















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Ramkot Fort (age unknown)


Ramkot Fort stands on the summit of a hill in Mirpur, Pakistan. It is surrounded on three sides by the Jhelum river. It was likely built no earlier than the late 16th century following the Mughal emperor Akbar's visit to Kashmir in 1589. At present it stands just inside the boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir in an area controlled by Pakistan. Excavations at the fort have uncovered the remains of a Hindu temple and relics from the 5th through the 9th centuries. However, the chronology of the fort's construction and even its age remain open questions.
Although maintenance of the fort is nominally in the hands of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department very little has been done to preserve this historic site. The dearth of funds prompted a Rawalpindi dentist to voluntarily spend several hundred thousand rupees in an effort to rehabilitate the structure. However, according to an article published in the Express Tribune on in January 2012, "his efforts were in vain due to a lack of cooperation and interest from local authorities"











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Chiniot Mosque


The Chiniot Mosque in central Chiniot is is attributed to Saad Ullah Khan (1595- 1655), the prime minister of Emperor Shah Jahan. It was constructed from 1646-55 at the height of the Mughal Empire. The architecture of the mosque follows the typical seven-bay form common throughout the Mughal realm, with a large 21.6 x 21.6m courtyard at its center. The courtyard and the surrounding arcades are set on a plinth about 4.7m in height which is filled with shops and administrative rooms for the local waqf (the religious endowment serving the mosque).
One somewhat atypical feature of the mosque is the use of columns to support the arcades in front of the mihrab (prayer niche) facing Mecca. A similar prototype may be found in the Moti Masjid mosque in Lahore Fort, also from the Shah Jahan era.
























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Pharwala Fort, Pakistan





Pharwala Fort is a historic fort located about 40 km from Rawalpindi in Punjab, Pakistan. It is naturally defended by one side by a small Himalayan range and the other by the Swaan River. It is a Gakhar fort built in the 15th century on the ruins of a 10th-century Shahi Fort. The Mughal Emperor Babur conquered the fort in 1519, however after the Mughals reconciled with the Gakhars the fort was returned to them. Later, in 1825, Sikhs expelled Gakhars from this fort.











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