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I'm not ashamed to admit my passion for ancient ruins.

They bring history to life and I love to wonder them imagining what life was like for the people who lived, worked, worshipped and played in them centuries ago.

Do you?

Let's indulge our mutual love for old stuff starting with a short tour of ancient ruins in Rome, Italy and then we're off around the world..

1. Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

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One of the most recognizable ancient ruins of the world.

Unmistakably a symbol of Ancient Rome.

It used to hold 50,000 spectators!

2. Forum, Rome

Forum, Rome

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The forum was the center of Roman life for 1200 years.

The piazza was both marketplace and government center.

The ruins of sacred temples dedicated to Saturn and the emperors Vespasian and Titus hint at the grandeur on display here two millennia ago.2

3. Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli, Rome

Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli, Rome

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Emperor Hadrian preferred this site outside of the city rather than the palace on Palatine Hill.2

It was used by emperors following Hadrian as a retreat.

And now it's on to Greece.

4. Parthenon, Athens

Parthenon, Athens

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The Parthenon is a temple to Athena that stands on the Acropolis overlooking the city.

It is the outstanding symbol of Ancient Greece.

5. Theatre of Dionysus, Athens

Theatre of Dionysus, Athens

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The theater named for the God of Wine is on the Acropolis below the Parthenon

6. Delphi, Greece

Delphi, Greece

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Delphi is located in central Greece, on the multiple terraces of Mount Parnassus.

The site includes the Sanctuary of Apollo, the site of the ancient Oracle.3

Delphi was considered as the middle of the entire earth by the Ancient Greeks.

7. Knossos, Crete

Knossos, Crete

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There are magnificent ancient ruins on the Greek Islands as well as the mainland.

Knossos on Crete is considered the oldest city in Europe.2

Let's leave Greece and go to Peru.

Machu Picchu, Peru
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