Basilica of Volubilis

Marty CohenMorocco, Ruins3 Comments

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Basilica of Volubilis

The Basilica of Volubilis, in the site of the ancient Roman city

Just north of Meknes is the archeological site of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was founded in the 3rd Century B.B. and was an important outpost of the Roman Empire. It’s been described by UNESCO as “one of the richest sites of this period in North Africa.” “The archaeological site of Volubilis is an outstanding example of a town bearing witness to an exchange of influences since High Antiquity until Islamic times.” “These influences testify to Mediterranean, Libyan and Moor, Punic, Roman and Arab-Islamic cultures as well as African and Christian cultures. They are evident in the urban evolution of the town, the construction styles and architectural decorations and landscape creation.” (ref: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/836)

The basilica was built around 217 A.D. It was used for the administration of justice and the governance of the city. Completed in the early 3rd century, it is one of the finest Roman basilicas in Africa. (ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volubilis). It was a very impressive structure to walk around and photograph. Make sure you click on this image to enlarge it.

This photo was taken with a Canon EOS 6D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS lens, 1/400 sec at f/14, ISO 160 captured on a Lexar 400x SDXC UHS-1 memory card

3 Comments on “Basilica of Volubilis”

  1. You are amazing, Blaine and I want to go on any OAT trip you take!!!!!! We love the information with the picture,

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