Thursday, April 9, 2009

Day 13.

If 13 is an unlucky number, the only bad luck I've had this day is that I took far to many shots. Twelve of them made it to the web, I really hope that you enjoy them.

The Duomo di Orvieto, one of the most beautiful cathedrals I've ever seen. Reminds me a lot about the one in Sienna.

The inside of the same cathedral.

And a close up on the details of the front decoration. I wonder how they keep people of steeling the gold.

A relief from an Etruscan sarcophagus in tuff, probably depicting a scene from the Iliad.

Once a mighty guardian of a rich man's tomb, now reduced to a corner at the local museum, this once proud bull stood outside Vulci.

The Roman bridge crossing the Fiora river. Once, along time ago, it also carried an aqueduct delivering water to the city.

And I tell you, the span was rather high. Nothing for the faint hearted.

We found a basin and waterfall close to the bridge, The full glory of it unfortunately long lost as humans stole the water for a dam upstream. Notice how the water have cut its way through the stone, finally hitting a piece of harder basalt forcing a water fall.

One of the larger churches in Tusculum, seen from the outside on yesterdays panorama, this is the crypt below the altar.

The cellar of a Roman villa at Vulci. I very much enjoyed exploring it!

The bath of the same villa, beautiful mosaics. There was no dating but the pattern and style suggests somewhere around the birth of Christ.

Finally, a Mithraeum from Vulci. The Mitheras cult was a mysterious warrior religion, only open to men, celebrating their ritual meals in dark caves or underground chambers possibly while sacrificing bulls.

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