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Dublin Scenes

Dublin is a great town for walking, no matter the weather. Here's what you might see on a walking tour of the city.

The Ha'Penny Bridge

Getting ready for the weekend 
St. Patrick's Cathedral

Inside St. Patrick's

Resting place of Jonathan Swift. The author of works such as Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal, he was also Dean of St. Patrick's.

An homage to Molly Malone, known locally as the Dish with the Fish, or less kindly, The Tart with the Cart.

Gate to the original Guinness Brewery

Buy local!

A visit the the Guinness Storehouse finishes on the roof, with a pint of black gold in the glass-enclosed Gravity Bar.


16th century ship Mary Rose unveiled

Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose has been unveiled after 34 years of conservation work.

The ship sank while in 1545 in the Solent, just off the shore of Portsmouth, England, while leading an attack against a French invasion fleet. Henry VIII himself was on shore, and witnessed the ship going down.

The wreck was rediscovered in 1982, and raised by a salvage team.


Views of Merida, Spain

Views of Mérida, Spain. Right in the middle of the Extremadura, one of my favorite regions in Spain, Mérida was founded as Augusta Emerita in the 1st century. As the capital of Roman Spain it was one of the most prosperous cities in the region.

The Moorish fortress, the Alcazaba

A Roman triumphal arch

Remains of a temple in the Roman Forum

The National Roman Museum

Interior of the National Roman Museum

Roman portrait bust on display in the National Roman Museum

The Roman Theater, one of the best preserved in Europe

Toilets in the public assembly area behind the theater

A room from a Roman villa, displayed in the National Roman Museum


More Roman stuff turns up

No matter where you look in the Mediterranean world, it seems you really don't have to try very hard to find Roman antiquities. This time workers digging a trench for pipe in southern Spain discovered a cache of 4th century Roman coins.


Roman barracks uncovered near the Colosseum

Excavations at the site of a new subway station in Rome have uncovered the ruins of military barracks, thought to have been used by Haridan's Praetorian Guard (2nd century AD).

Rome is in the middle of constructing a new subway line, line C, which will serve much of the ancient core of the city.  One of the major deterrents to building subway lines in Rome has always been the rich layers of history lying just below the surface of the modern city.

By placing the train tunnels below the level of Ancient Rome, the current project only needs to perform archaeological excavations where they pierce through the historical layers, in other words, where they plan to place stations. The ruins here were discovered at the site of what will be a station serving the Colosseum area.

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