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An underground cathedral. by LordLJCornellPhotos An underground cathedral. by LordLJCornellPhotos
Another from inside the Piscina Miribalis, the largest Roman cistern still in existence today. I loved it down there. A very atmospheric and eerie place. It's not that easy to get into despite advertising opening times. I found the folllowing in a guide and it is pretty accurate. Especially about actually getting in. 

"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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TheBlackRose88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017
Still atmospheric after all this time :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
One of the most surprising and amazing places I have been :)
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!!!  Excellent angle, contrast and focus, LJ!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
This place was a dream of a find :)
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I can see that!
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Princess-Amy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
This is fabulous
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
yes, it was a real find :)
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Omoidenoki Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017
Amazing colors Clap 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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Omoidenoki Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017
Hug 
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017
Great capture!
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Ingelore:D
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
My pleasure! :)
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tango793 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
Love the directions.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha
it was a lot of fun getting in and being there :)
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful shot Lawrence. Many past secrets are hidden in these walls and you captured it so well!
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Hazel :hug:
It was an incredible place :)
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome anytime!
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Juanilla Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
Wonderful shot!!! The Piscina Mirabilis is one of the most impressive ...and I'm very glad you have seen it! there are a lot of wonderful and unbelievable sites to visit!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Juanilla :hug:
I was so pleased to get in here :)
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017   Photographer
Amazing image Lawrence! This looks like something out of dream! Getting to see this sounds like it was a wonderful and quirky adventure.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It was well worth the effort to get in. A wonderful and surprising place :)
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017   Photographer
Definitely! Great experience, photos, and a story to tell!
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Fajralam Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow :jawdrop: wonderful!!!! :clap: you have captured it beautifully :heart: :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much dear Fajr :hug: I'm glad you like it :)
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Fajralam Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are most welcome :heart:
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
beautifulClap 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
always my pleasure:) (Smile) 
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nehab16 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
gorgeous... like a painting 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Neha :)
An amazing and surprising place :)
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful image
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Maria:)
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You're so welcome  Flower for you Pixel: Heart Jump Pixel: Heart Jump 
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SilverMixx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not natural light then? Whatever it is, you've caught it beautifully! :clap:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It is natural light. There are some small windows at the top. It was quite dark in there.

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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Fabulous shot Lawrence!! :iconclapplz:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Many thanks Mel:)
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mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Looks fascinating. :iconflyingheartsplz:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much dear Pia :hug: It was amazing :)
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videodude1961 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
What an eerily lovely place to spend a little time, and probably nice and cool down there too.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It was lovely and cool on a hot day :)
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DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Quite an amazing place. 

Many aspects of Roman civil engineering weren't duplicated in Europe until the nineteenth century.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
A very amazing place :) They were so advanced:)
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wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Excellent capture and atmosphere!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
My pleasure!
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Ambruno Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like both
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Annie:)
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Ambruno Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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