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Ostia Antica is situated 10 km south-west of Rome. It consists of a charming and thriving village where we stayed and the ruins/ecvations (‘scavi’) of ancient Ostia. Ancient Ostia was a harbour town . It had a vital logistic function for Rome. Once 50.000 people lived in Ostia. It flourished from 200 BC to 400 AD. Unlike Pompei it was not covered under a deep layer of volcanic ash but just withered away because of the silting up of the harbour and the Roman empire coming to an end. The city covers approx 3 square kilometres and was, after the last inhabitants left, not inhabited again. It was used only as an open quarry for valuable building materials (marble!). Nowadays it is protected and partly escavated. Scores of ancient buildings can be visited. Generally only the floors and some wall survived but in more than a few cases three stories edifices can de admired. We spend two days in the ‘scavi’. After visiting the Mercati Trainaei we could immerse ourselves further in ancient Roman culture, and put our Meindl’s to good use, we covered quite a distance.
The picture: The mosaic floors and pillars of the frigidarium of the Bath of Marciana. Through the pillars you look towards the centre of the town. Tech: 28 mm, skewed, streetlamps and a small toolshed cloned out, saturated and sharpened.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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