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A Roman water cistern. by LordLJCornellPhotos A Roman water cistern. by LordLJCornellPhotos
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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glumthegrim Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Professional Artist
very cool.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Philip :)
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Mocris Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Monica:) Its an incredible place :)
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Juanilla Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
GREAT shot!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Juanilla :hug:
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eegariM Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
You know it has been there and not used for a long time if there is moss growing inside a mostly closed building. :o Looks like a very interesting place and not well-known.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It was incredibly interesting:)
I like to find places that are not in the usual tourist trail :)
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eegariM Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017
Yeah, I can completely relate. I like to do the same.
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4ajka Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017
It's like entering another world.
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It is :) It was a complete surprise to me as I had no idea what it would be like down there. 
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4ajka Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017
Hug 
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Fajralam Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :clap: :clap:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow: thank you dear Fajr :) :hug:
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ansdesign Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
A really amazing capture and story, dear Lawrence. Thank you very much for sharing. :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much dear Ans :hug:
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ansdesign Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome, dear Lawrence. :hug:
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing picture, great shot 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Many thanks Maria :)
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You're so welcome  Rainbow Flyer 
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, interesting place and so elegantly shot Lawrence. I really like the story behind this abandoned building! Awesome image:heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Hazel :hug:
an astnishing place :)
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With all my pleasure Lawrence!!
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mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Magical and magnificent photography! :iconfingerdanceplz::iconlovesplatplz::iconfingerdanceplz:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much again dear Pia :hug:
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Modele-Citizen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Roman concrete with protective stucco. They built it to last, but they probably didn't intend for it to last 2,000 years. How tall are the arches?
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Ambruno Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very  awesome
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
The cistern is 15 metres tall. I have just added some information to my description under the picture. :)
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Modele-Citizen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Thanks. I'll add this to my next archaeological tour of Italy.
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nehab16 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow !! Awesome angle and shot. Feels monastic and serene. Yet beckons with a mystery and call of the forbidden !!! 
Quite like my mood :) 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It was such a surprise. I had no idea what it was going to look like down there. I didn't look it up before hand. I wanted to see it for the first time in real life. 
I like your mood :)
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nehab16 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:D (Big Grin) Monastic, silent and call of the forbidden. Yes :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fascinating place, Lawrence! :camera: :deviation: :heart: Cheers, Coco
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It was a real surprise down there Coco. :)
thank you :hug:
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can imagine! You're most welcome, dear Lawrence! :heart: Cheers, Coco
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SilverMixx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like some place! Why is it not easy to get into? :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
"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."

this is from a guide I found and it's about right.

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SilverMixx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:omfg: 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, basically, although it has opening hours it is quite often closed for some reason. 
Many people find it is closed when they get there. It,s best to make an appointment 
to be let in. 
It's quite incredible and worth making the effort. 

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SilverMixx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, so putting in a bit of effort can be worth it. :nod:
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
Nice :thumbsup:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing what the Romans built :nod:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely :)
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Sophia-Eowyn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Very intimidating, yes o: Oh, so one of the LOTR scenes was filmed here? o:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
No. They didn't film here but I think it looks like somewhere they could have used in Lord of The Rings. :)
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Sophia-Eowyn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, that's right C:
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