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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Temple of Diana, Merida, Extremadura SpainTemple of Diana, Merida, Extremadura, Spain

The Temple of Diana, Mérida, Extremadura, Spain

We were looking now for the Temple of Diana and we found it tucked away behind the main shopping street and next to a small museum.  The Temple was a sacred site constructed by the Romans in the first century A.D. and remains well preserved mostly because in the sixteenth century some local big-wig built a palace inside the rectangular ring of Corinthian columns.

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Spain 2011, Mérida, World Heritage City (3)

Merida Temple of Diana Extrmadura Spain

The reason that Mérida has so many Roman antiquities is that it was a very important city in the Empire. The Roman conquest started as early as year 19 B.C. with the invasion of the Carthaginian region and ended with the last resistance being overcome in the north-west in the same year.  

The south soon came under the Roman Empire’s growing domination with a framework of roads connecting towns and strategic bridges and Iberian cities including Mérida, Cordoba, Seville and Cartagena passed into the hands of the Romans.

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Spain 2011, Mérida, World Heritage City (2)

Merida Spain Blue Sky

After lunch and the shock of the bill it was time for a rest, the antiquities were all closed now for the siesta and wouldn’t open again for a couple of hours so we went back to the Mérida Palace.  It was hot and the sun was shining so it our intention to sit on the sun terrace on the roof, read a book, have a glass of wine and do a bit of lazy sunbathing.

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