From the snow December morning in 1888 when the “magnificent city” was glimpsed by cowboys Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason the site has been a true sensation: attracting a steady stream of visitors, explorers and adventurers until being designated a National Park in 1906.
Have you visited this magnificent city?
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The Parthenon has endured fire, gun powder explosions, looters, and earthquakes over the past 2,500 years... yet, it still towers over thousands of wide-eyed tourists today (including myself). -------------------
This temple is a concrete reminder to all Greeks and their progeny who have suffered through times of war, foreign occupation, and economic crises that we have the strength to overcome any obstacle.
------------------- "Η Ελλάδα ΠΟΤΕ δεν πεθαίνει." Proud of my Greek roots.
#MWAC staff recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Theodore Roosevelt NP, Badlands NP, and Scotts Bluff NM. They spent time at archeological sites where erosion monitoring stations were set up to understand the rates at which sites are eroding and being lost or altered. This was the last trip for the project, which ends this year.
• Fun fact about The Louvre •
The Musée du Louvre was not originally museum. It was a fortress that was built in 1190. In the 16th century, it was turned from a fortress into a royal palace. It was only in 1793, after the French Monarchy moved to the Palace of Versailles, that the first Louvre museum was opened to the public, and offered just 537 paintings.
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🏹 Artemis 🏹 Artemis, known as "Diana of Gabii". Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was born a day before Apollo. She was primarily a virgin huntress, goddess of wildlife and patroness of hunters.
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My love heart shape of a piece of Lapis Specularis found in the hills surrounding the old Roman mines outside of Huetta, not far from Madrid in Spain. We visited three Roman mines one afternoon for this beautiful crystal - used by the Romans as the first pre-glass windows. It's transparent and easy to split and cut - the Roman Empire growing rich from this expensive commodity until glass was discovered and much cheaper to produce. The extent of the mines are both genius and terrifying - where children worked in them as much as adult slaves. The landscape surrounding the mines completely barren, rocky and harsh but glittering in the sun like a spectacular wonderland of sparkle were hundreds of crystal shards of all sizes scattered everywhere. Lapis Specularis (hence the word speckles) was also ground up into fine sparkle dust to throw onto the arena of the Collosseum and other gladiator spectacles to give a little extra dazzle to the show. @archaeospain#archaeology#archaeological#roman#romanhistory#romanhistorique#spain#spaintravels#spaincountryside#huetta#ilovetravelling#lapisspecularis#crystals#lovehearts#iloveprettythings#gladiators#ilovehistory
• Aphrodite •
Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love and Beauty and according to Hesiod's Theogony, she was born from the foam in the waters of Paphos, on the island of Cyprus.
• Fun fact about Alexander The Great • Alexander’s father, Philip II of Macedon, hired Aristotle, one of history’s greatest philosophers alongside Socrates and Plato, to educate thirteen-year-old Alexander. He tutored Alexander for three years until age sixteen, when Alexander took the throne of Macedonia.
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⚜️• Lucius Verus • ⚜️
Lucius Verus was the co-emperor of Rome with his adoptive brother Marcus Aurelius from 161 until his own death in 169.
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"Make thyself a craftsman in speech, for thereby thou shalt gain the upper hand."
Inscription found in a 3000 year old Egyptian tomb.