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Kom El Dikka mosaics (Alexandria)

Posted by
timothy sullivan (Tokyo, Japan) on 14 May 2009 in Architecture.

The Kom El Dikka mosaics: showing how the Greek, then Roman, then Byzantine architectural styles were built over one another.

This photo comes with a bit of a story, and one that I shall write more on at my blog--hopefully soon! We had a pleasant walk around the grounds here (seen much better from the Google Earth view; link below), and started walking along the perimeter, until we came to a sign: "A special ticket is required to enter." We walked past anyhow, and two guards stopped us, asking where our tickets were. As we started to turn around, one of the guards went off to have a smoke; the other one walked briskly up to us and smiled, inviting us down the other way. Puzzled at first (but "reading the atmosphere", as the Japanese say), we took the hint and followed--and ended up seeing the different ancient tiles, foundations, baths, etc. The price: a smile and a "facilitation fee" less than the ticket charge.

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