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Decorating that cavern by LordLJCornellPhotos Decorating that cavern 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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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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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Professional General Artist
Misterious place indeed =)
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Omoidenoki Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018
Impressive columns ! this place is beautiful 
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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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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Professional Photographer
Great image Lawrence!
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018
The is a quiet, peaceful looking place, beautifully captured.
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erene Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018
Splendid capture Lawrence!
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bubul1986 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
wow
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loner911 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely shot
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Wonderful story to go with this awesome photo.  
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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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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a wonder you found it!
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Nigel-Kell Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Great image!
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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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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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MEP4Photography Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
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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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful picture
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Wonderful image and backstory :thumbsup:
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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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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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SilentLadyGTA Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Fantastic !
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
What an interesting building this must be…. and quite
an incredible capture… lovely light…:iconbravoplz:
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous!!! Overall.  And it shows off your incredible talents as a photographer, imo .  I doubt this was as simple at all as you make it look.   The light!! Everything about it,... stunning!!!
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
That is truly AWESOME! Very interesting history behind it!
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LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
I am so amazed!  This is wonderful!   That is some pretty impressive building!  Sometimes it is hard for me to grasp that  ancient peoples had this level of ability to do this.  I think that we are so inundated with our technological ability to do so much that we forget, or more likely our arrogance doesn't permit us to realize that we stand on the shoulders of giants from bygone eras.

  When you say Augustan Period, I think of Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, 27 B.C.–14 A.D.  They built things to last, didn't they?


 
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Sabz0r Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love the colors and dangling vines :O so prettyyyy!! Love 
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