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Photos from our time in Empuries, Spain in spring of 2007. Empuries is best known for its Greek and Roman ruins. I was particularly taken by the 2000 year old tile floors in the Roman area.

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Empuries01

The view from our hotel room.


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Empuries02

Old church in Sant Marti D'Empuries.


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Empuries03

This is a copy of a statue of Asklepieion, the Greek god of medicine. The original was found on this site and can be seen in the museum nearby.


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Empuries04

Sanctuary dedicated to Isis and Zeus Serapis, deities of Egyptian origin.


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Empuries05


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Empuries06


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Empuries07

This photo shows the extent of the Greek portion of the old settlement.


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Empuries08

Recreation of a large Roman house.


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Empuries09

The tile floors are covered by sand in the winter to protect them from the weather. It's amazing how well preserved they are.


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Empuries11

Tile detail


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Empuries12

Even closer tile detail


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Empuries16

We were admiring the Roman ruins when we turned around and saw this beautiful country scene.


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Empuries17

There are short stone walls throughout the Roman city. This photo shows one place where the rest of the wall is preserved. A kind of concrete invented by the Romans was used to extend the walls up.


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Empuries19

The Roman forum.


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Empuries20

Greg at the main gate


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Empuries21

Main gate to the Roman city of Empuries.


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Empuries22

This old photo of the main gate was in our hotel room.


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Empuries23

Good luck symbol of a phallus carved into the wall near the main gate.


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Empuries24

The main wall of Roman Empuries.