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Decorating that cavern by LawrenceCornellPhoto Decorating that cavern by LawrenceCornellPhoto
This is inside the Piscina Mirabilis. It was the great water cistern for the Roman fleet at Misenum. It is a vast building. Like a set from Lord Of The Rings. It is not an easy place to get into. 

The following is from a guide I found and it's pretty accurate. 

"In order to visit, you must first call a number and make an appointment. Then go to the cistern at the agreed upon time, walk down a nearby block, and call out asking the locals: “Piscina Mirabilis?” They will point. Follow the fingers until you reach an apartment complex where a woman comes out with her toddler – and a key in hand. The woman walks with you to the cistern and opens the doors, but she refuses to go inside. Instead, she waits at the top while you explore on your own, trekking down steep metal steps and into a mossy cavern.
Constructed in the Augustan period, the cistern measures 70 meters long, 25.5 meters wide, and 15 meters tall. Dug into the tuff rock, it has two entrances. The first is by way of the metal stairs. The second is on the opposite end, but the tuff stairs currently lead only to dirt. A middle nave lies one meter below the rest of the structure and once served as a decantation pool for periodic cleansing and emptying of the cistern. A thick layer of waterproof cocciopesto or signinum once covered the cistern walls. They were made of broken tiles mixed with mortar. The water capacity could reach 12,600 cubic meters and the Romans created hydraulic machines on the roof terrace that pumped the water." 
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2019
I was sure that I had both faved and commented on this great piece back last August - something clearly went wrong... so here I am, one more time - great shot Lawrence!! :love:
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly Mel
A truly amazing place :)
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ansdesign Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, I just love this photograph, Lawrence. An amazing light and as always a great story behind the capture. :)
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear Ans :hug: 
The size of the place is unbelievable :)
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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Professional General Artist
Misterious place indeed =)
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
The most incredible place :)
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Omoidenoki Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018
Impressive columns ! this place is beautiful 
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
It is beautiful and totally awe inspiring :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Professional General Artist
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Wonderful photo! I wish I could see this in person, it looks like it is an amazing place to see! 
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank Lori :) It was unbelievable to be in there :)
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Professional Photographer
Great image Lawrence!
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Peggy :)
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome Lawrence!:iconbutterflyplz:
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018
The is a quiet, peaceful looking place, beautifully captured.
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Myron. It is cathedral like in there :)
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018
You're welcome, Lawrence.
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erene Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018
Splendid capture Lawrence!
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank Erene :)
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bubul1986 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
wow
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow:  :)
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loner911 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely shot
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Wonderful story to go with this awesome photo.  
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Jeanie :) 
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2018
Welcome as always.
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Moss-Portland Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like an interesting adventure. Great shot! 
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Riel :) It was a fantastic experience :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a wonder you found it!
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
It was. :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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Nigel-Kell Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Great image!
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Nigel :)
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AStoKo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Chinesefontdesign.com-2017-08-21 10-50-47 836124 by AStoKo nice 
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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FougereMarchant Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
I'd be wondering how long she's willing to wait and whether the gate would be still opened by the time I return... no skeleton were visible? :-)
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I enjoy a bit of risk :)
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FougereMarchant Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018
And I enjoy the resulting pictures :-)

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MEP4Photography Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous! I love the story behind it too. It's' such a great capture..and pretty in it's old way. :clap:
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Maryellen :hug: it's very old and quite amazing :)
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful picture
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Maria :)
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're so welcome dear Lawrence I love deviantART! 
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Wonderful image and backstory :thumbsup:
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Rich. An incredible place to be :)
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IME54-ART Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018   General Artist
FREE FOR USE by IME54-ART  This decoration Dear Lawrence and beautiful picture ❤️
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LawrenceCornellPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much dear Ilona :hug:  :)
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IME54-ART Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   General Artist
You are welcome dear Lawrence ❤️
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DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Yes, there's a distinct Moria vibe... watch out for goblins, trolls, and Balrogs!
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