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830 notesReblog Detail from the Moorish palaces of the Alhambra in Granada, Andalusia Spain, built in the mid 14th century for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain.

Detail from the Moorish palaces of the Alhambra in Granada, Andalusia Spain, built in the mid 14th century for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain.

122 notesReblog antitacta:

Annunaki at the Pergamon Museum; photograph by Ilya Borovok.

antitacta:

Annunaki at the Pergamon Museum; photograph by Ilya Borovok.

crystalbluepersuasion:

terrestrial-noesis:

Ajanta Caves, India

These caves date back as early as 200 BC, and are known for their beautiful stonework, paintings, and architecture.  It is said that they were abandoned in the 7th century AD when Buddhism began declining all over India.  The caves are some of the oldest known Buddhist temples and shrines and are still considered sacred.  All interior spaces and architectural design, as well as statues and stonework on the walls were created by chiseling away at and removing rock from the mountainside.  Engineers today have no explanation as to how it was cut from the 70 foot high granite cliff over 2000 years ago. 

More info on the Wiki site….amazing.


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16 notesReblog roxygen:

Detail of the Qutab Minar (1192-1236), Delhi India, the tallest minaret in India.

roxygen:

Detail of the Qutab Minar (1192-1236), Delhi India, the tallest minaret in India.

5 notesReblog Relief carving at Persepolis, in modern-day Iran.

Relief carving at Persepolis, in modern-day Iran.

8 notesReblog Wine vessel used in the Han Dynasty, China between 206-208 AD.

Wine vessel used in the Han Dynasty, China between 206-208 AD.

3 notesReblog Architectural terracotta plaque (so-called Campana plaque) representing Hercules capturing the Cretan bull, discovered in 1828 in Quadraro (Roma Vecchia). - Gregorian Etruscan Museum (Vatican Museums), from the first half of the 1st century A.D.

Architectural terracotta plaque (so-called Campana plaque) representing Hercules capturing the Cretan bull, discovered in 1828 in Quadraro (Roma Vecchia). - Gregorian Etruscan Museum (Vatican Museums), from the first half of the 1st century A.D.

176 notesReblog absurdonio:

missfolly:

The Nabataean eye-stele of Goddess of Hayyan, son of Nybat, from the Temple of the Winged Lions, Petra, 1st century AD

“The Goddess of Hayyan son of Nybat” reads the inscription of this enigmatic representation of a Nabataean deity. Thought to be Al-Uzzá (the very strong), the main goddess of Petra, who was identified with the Greek Aphrodite and the Egyptian Isis.

absurdonio:

missfolly:

The Nabataean eye-stele of Goddess of Hayyan, son of Nybat, from the Temple of the Winged Lions, Petra, 1st century AD

“The Goddess of Hayyan son of Nybat” reads the inscription of this enigmatic representation of a Nabataean deity. Thought to be Al-Uzzá (the very strong), the main goddess of Petra, who was identified with the Greek Aphrodite and the Egyptian Isis.

28 notesReblog triglifos-y-metopas:

Trajan’s column, marble.
Rome, Italy.
113 A.D.

Commemorating Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars, completed in 113 AD.

triglifos-y-metopas:

Trajan’s column, marble.

Rome, Italy.

113 A.D.

Commemorating Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars, completed in 113 AD.

46 notesReblog antisquared:

Chaldean king of Babylon, Marduk-apla-iddina II (biblical Merodach-Baladan) reigned 722-710 bc & 703-702 bc Grants land to a vassal in exchange for service. — Berlin museum

antisquared:

Chaldean king of Babylon, Marduk-apla-iddina II (biblical Merodach-Baladan) reigned 722-710 bc & 703-702 bc Grants land to a vassal in exchange for service. — Berlin museum

23 notesReblog Marble Relief of the Gods, Archaeological Museum of Brauron, Greece, 420 - 410 BC. From left: Zeus, Leto, Apollo, Artemis.

Marble Relief of the Gods, Archaeological Museum of Brauron, Greece, 420 - 410 BC. From left: Zeus, Leto, Apollo, Artemis.

2,994 notesReblog Maijishan Grottoes in Tianshui, Gansu Province, northwest China.

Maijishan Grottoes in Tianshui, Gansu Province, northwest China.

57 notesReblog tammuz:

Assyrian King Ashur-nasir-pal II meets a high official during a review of soldiers and war prisoners. From the North-West Palace at Nimrud. The British Museum, London, UK.

tammuz:

Assyrian King Ashur-nasir-pal II meets a high official during a review of soldiers and war prisoners. From the North-West Palace at Nimrud. The British Museum, London, UK.

61 notesReblog dwellerinthelibrary:

Relief of a Dancing Maenad (by rosewithoutathorn84)

ca. 27 B.C.–14 A.D.; AugustanPentelic marble; H. 56 5/16 in. (143.03 cm)

dwellerinthelibrary:

Relief of a Dancing Maenad (by rosewithoutathorn84)

ca. 27 B.C.–14 A.D.; Augustan
Pentelic marble; H. 56 5/16 in. (143.03 cm)

25 notesReblog necspenecmetu:

Jean-Baptiste Stouf, Hercules Fighting Two Centaurs, c. 1785

necspenecmetu:

Jean-Baptiste Stouf, Hercules Fighting Two Centaurs, c. 1785