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Mérida. Templo de Diana

It is one of the many buildings at the Roman Emerita-Augusta; today, Merida.
This is the only religious building remaining on its original place at Merida. It was built at the end of the 1st century b.C. and is a great construction on the Municipal Comitium. Therefore it should have been a model of luxury and decoration. This temple was probably devoted to Augustus Emperor worship, not to Diana, as can be understood from the many sculptorical elements found. They represent persons from the Imperial family: the divine Emperor himself and the Genius of Senate.
The temple has a rectangular plan with a hexastyle portico -with six columns-, surrounded by new columns peripter. They have a groove trunk, and are crowned by corinthian capitals. They were finished with stucco and painted with a color of red marble. Placed on a basis or podium 3 m. high it could be reached through stairs that did not survive.
It is 40,70 m. long -including access stairs- and 22 m. wide.
It was the center of a sacred area surrounded by a peribolus or wall for limiting outer space for this square. There should have also existed a pool and many canals. Joined to the rest of remainings, they give a good idea of the religious importance of the temple.
The whole construction is built with ashlars and granite stones.
Its façade in front of the Comitium was crowned by a tympanum with a semicircular inner section, supported by six columns of the portico.

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Milan Vogrin28-May-2014 22:44
Really beautiful! V!
Will Hoskins28-May-2014 19:38
Even more impressive at night than during the day. Great capture, Jose. V
chris morton28-May-2014 16:46
excellent night shot
hge5428-May-2014 04:47
Magnificent. V
Don Mottershead28-May-2014 04:14
Marvelous shot. What is left of the front facade looks precarious. Wouldn't want to be standing under it if there were an earthquake.
Dennis Hoyne28-May-2014 03:54
Beautiful night shot, it is so good that this much has been preserved over the centuries.
larose forest photos28-May-2014 01:10
Stunning!! I had no idea there was such a perfect Roman temple there. VV
Julie Oldfield28-May-2014 00:18
Outstanding night shot! Great lighting. V
Helen Betts27-May-2014 23:36
Gorgeous night shot with superb light. V.
Jean D27-May-2014 23:33
Superb presentation and most captivating as a night scene. ~V
janescottcumming27-May-2014 23:02
Quite spectacular! V
Apostolos Tikopoulos27-May-2014 22:06
Outstanding night composition/ V.
John Hamers27-May-2014 21:40
Fantastic night shot of this wonderful classic temple !!V
marie-jose wolff27-May-2014 21:39
absolutely wonderful! V
Char27-May-2014 21:33
An absolutely stunning night capture, Jose! \/
Leslie Cohelan27-May-2014 21:08
you captured the light's a beautiful and exposed picture of the temple
Ken Chambers ARPS27-May-2014 21:00
The Temple looks fantastic being floodlit. Jose
Jim Coffman27-May-2014 20:51
It is really hard to imagine what this structure has seen and endured!!
Fabienne27-May-2014 20:47
De nuit, c'est encore plus beau et impresionnant.
John Reynolds LRPS27-May-2014 20:43
Impressive night time capture. V.
Martin Lamoon27-May-2014 20:40
Like this night shot of the lit Temple. Great exposure.
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