E.J.Wilkins

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√Čvora


Roman Temple

This amazing, and huge, Roman Temple stands in the centre of √Čvora, in Portugal. Some online information refers to it as a Temple to Diana, others that it will have been dedicated to the Roman Emperor, I don't know which is true.

We were told that it was 'discovered' encased in mortar having been used as a warehouse, and although there was local rumours of a temple, nobody was quite sure where it was until the warehouse was being renovated. This may or may not be true, because some online sources say it was a butcher's and/or abattoir and was restored in late 19th century when surrounding, more modern, buildings were demolished to restore the square to its Roman glory.

Whatever the history, this temple is the best preserved and largest of its kind on the Iberian Peninsular.
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√Čvora is - here - and there is more about the town - here -

Through the columns you can see the top of the Cathedral.
The centre of √Čvora is a World Heritage Site.

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The picture is 'straight out of camera', including annoying lens flare, although it's been resized for uploading.
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√Čvora


Roman Temple

This amazing, and huge, Roman Temple stands in the centre of √Čvora, in Portugal. Some online information refers to it as a Temple to Diana, others that it will have been dedicated to the Roman Emperor, I don't know which is true.

We were told that it was 'discovered' encased in mortar having been used as a warehouse, and although there was local rumours of a temple, nobody was quite sure where it was until the warehouse was being renovated. This may or may not be true, because some online sources say it was a butcher's and/or abattoir and was restored in late 19th century when surrounding, more modern, buildings were demolished to restore the square to its Roman glory.

Whatever the history, this temple is the best preserved and largest of its kind on the Iberian Peninsular.
..........

√Čvora is - here - and there is more about the town - here -

Through the columns you can see the top of the Cathedral.
The centre of √Čvora is a World Heritage Site.

..........

The picture is 'straight out of camera', including annoying lens flare, although it's been resized for uploading.
.

comments (21)

Imagine being hidden for all those years.
EJWilkins: I know, it's quite amazing really isn't it?
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2008, 01:03
I really like seeing the cathedral through the Roman columns, Ellie. This also makes you realize how much those Romans really got around!
EJWilkins: They got as far north as Carlisle and Berwick on Tweed too - built Hadrian's Wall. I'm not sure how far east into Europe they went. It was a mighty empire smile
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • 4 Feb 2008, 01:26
I love this history you provide with your photos! Nice shot!
EJWilkins: Thanks Helen, I enjoy searching for it smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 4 Feb 2008, 02:33
Great photo love the building captured between the columns
EJWilkins: It was harder to achieve than it looks wink
Impressive monument captured backlighting!
EJWilkins: Thanks Jose smile
Very interesting & informative Ellie
EJWilkins: I try to find out something for each place, it's what I like to do - then, when we get back there we'll know a bit more smile
I like the history around this nice capture Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks, I enjoyed finding it out smile
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 4 Feb 2008, 11:04
Love the structure Ellie very impressive shotsmile
EJWilkins: A few more to come this week, hope you like them too smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Feb 2008, 11:21
Quite beautiful, really! Like a copse of ancient trees.
EJWilkins: Aaaah, hopefully you'll like the others this week too wink
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Feb 2008, 11:45
All along the edges of he buildings there is a double ghost line - would that be the result of resizing? Reason I ask is that I am getting sceptical about pictures I take with my Canon. The uploaded result does change.

Anyhow, it is a nice composition with the tower in the arch.
EJWilkins: Yes, I've had another message about this too - it's under investigation. I'm not altogether sure what's happened because as with yesterday's picture the one I prepared for uploading looked fine on my computer. I uploaded two copies, unsharpened was hopelessly soft but the sharpened one shows these shimmery bits and isn't as good as it should be.
It might be that even though the image is the right size, the file size is too small - I shrank the picture, reduced the resolution and also reduced the file size before uploading.
If you notice, I've gone over to the red ShMood wink
  • Astrid
  • the Netherlands
  • 4 Feb 2008, 12:50
This is proof the Romans did come far, you aptured this very well, the church in the back is well spotted.
EJWilkins: Yes, they did, and right across to the Portuguese coast too.
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 4 Feb 2008, 14:40
It certainly makes an interesting contrast with the modern houses around it and the old church in the background.
EJWilkins: The whole range of history of the town all in one go - almost smile
People used to buy filters to get lens flare...now they add it it photoshop..you got the real thingsmile
EJWilkins: Exactly, and they then want to edit it out! wink
  • Ann
  • Sucť sur Erdre - France
  • 4 Feb 2008, 18:20
Nice angle and composition !!!
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
Amazing to see how these old stones can still stand up Ellie !
EJWilkins: It shows how well it ws put together doesn't it?
I like this one Ellie, did you also shoot in the church behind? Me and churches!
EJWilkins: Thanks Brian and yes, I have. I'm gradually building up a whole set of pictures from Evora which you can see here
http://ellie.shutterchance.com/photoblog/%A3!;201%A3!;vora_/
If you give several picture exactly the same title they can be seen as a set, each one is individually clickable.
  • Alan
  • Southampton
  • 4 Feb 2008, 21:28
A good composition with the roof of the church visible through the columns. The colours in the flags provide a good contrast to the grey columns.
EJWilkins: Thanks Alan, that was exactly what I tried to achieve with this picture, I'm delighted you noticed. smile
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight, UK
  • 4 Feb 2008, 21:30
What the Romans did for us smile glad they left something standing!
EJWilkins: Ah, they left quite a lot in Evora, some of it's only recently been discovered wink
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2008, 21:56
Everything seems to rise well above the ground. Very Fascinating structure..its a pity that no body recognized it sooner (if thats true)...Love the linear features in this shot. Nice composition..
EJWilkins: The base of the columns is perhaps about ten feet up, on a base of dressed but rounded stones. I'm not sure how well it would have survived had it not been protected by another structure - people have a habit of using spare stones to build houses wink
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 4 Feb 2008, 22:15
Amazing how this is still standing, no modern building will last so long. Nice work Ellie
EJWilkins: I don't think it would be in such good condition if it hadn't been protected for so long. It is rather amazing isn't it. I could have looked at it for hours. smile
Well done Ellie, so much history in south of Europe...

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