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Shot at the Zeugma Museum in Gaziantep. Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in the town of Gaziantep, Turkey, is the biggest mosaic museum on the world, containing 1700m2 of mosaics. It opened to the public on 9 September 2011.
The museum's mosaics are focused on Zeugma, thought to have been founded by a general in Alexander the Great’s army. The treasures, including the mosaics, remained relatively unknown until 2000 when artifacts appeared in museums and when plans for new dams on the Euphrates meant that much of Zeugma would be forever flooded.[1] A large number of the mosaics still remain uncovered[2] and teams of researchers continue to work on the project.[3]
The 90,000-square-foot museum features a 7,500-square-foot exhibition hall and replaces the Bardo National Museum in Tunis as the world’s largest mosaic museum.

Zeugma is an ancient city of Commagene; located in the Gaziantep Province of Turkey. It is a historical settlement which is considered among the four most important settlement areas under the reign of the kingdom of Commagene. It was named for the bridge of boats, or zeugma, which crossed the Euphrates there.

The ancient city of Zeugma was originally founded as a Greek settlement by Seleucus I Nicator, one of the generals of Alexander the Great, in 300 BC. King Seleucus almost certainly named the city Seleucia after himself; whether this city is, or can be, the city known as Seleucia on the Euphrates or Seleucia at the Zeugma is disputed. The population in the city at its peak was approximately 80,000.
In 64 BC Zeugma was conquered and ruled by the Roman Empire and with this shift the name of the city was changed into Zeugma, meaning "bridge-passage" or "bridge of boats". During Roman rule, the city became one of the attractions in the region, due to its commercial potential originating from its geo-strategic location because the city was on the Silk Road connecting Antioch to China with a quay or pontoon bridge across the river Euphrates which was the border with the Persian Empire until the late 2nd century.
In 256, Zeugma experienced an invasion and it was fully destroyed by the Sassanid king, Shapur I. The invasion was so dramatic that Zeugma was not able to recover for a long time. To make the situation even worse, a violent earthquake buried the city beneath rubble. Indeed, the city never regained the prosperity once achieved during the Roman rule.
Zeugma and environs remained part of the Roman empire. During the 5th and 6th centuries the city was ruled by the Early Byzantium or Eastern Roman Empire. As a result of the ongoing Arab raids the city was abandoned once again. Later on, in the 10th and 12th centuries a small Abbasid residence settled in Zeugma. Finally a village called Belkis was founded in the 17th century. Thick the link, if you like to learn more:link

If you are interested and would like to see more of my shots of the mosaics, you can see them in EPZ:link
04/11/2013 - 01:53nonur
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Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 10:00
Very interesting bit of history Nezih. It never ceases to amaze me how vivid and life like some of these mosaics can be. Love the eyes on this. Thanks for sharing



Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 10:10
Thank you, Stan!


Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 10:28
tyronet2000 wrote:
Very interesting bit of history Nezih. It never ceases to amaze me how vivid and life like some of these mosaics can be. Love the eyes on this. Thanks for sharing

x2...and a good portrait for those times.A good resolution even using "large stone pixels"....We've a lot to learn fron the Past.


Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 10:35
Thank you, Giulio; you're right.


Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 11:12
We learn so much from you Nezih!

Thanks for sharing!
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Link Posted 04/11/2013 - 13:25
Mac wrote:
We learn so much from you Nezih!

Thanks for sharing!

Mac said it all
Kind regards Maria


Link Posted 19/11/2013 - 10:15
Those eyes are penetrating! Nice one Nezih.

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