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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 June 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018 13 TRAVEL ROMAN BATHS (BATH, ENGLAND) This bathhouse complex is a perfect example of the luxurious – and often ostentatious – Roman lifestyle. Constructed around 70 CE, the baths were an integral part of ancient Roman daily life. Offering citizens the chance to mingle, gossip and relax, the bathing culture showed the whole world just how superior (and clean) the Romans were. The steaming, geothermally heated water from the ‘Sacred Spring’ fills the Great Bath. While it’s in the open air these days, the bath was originally covered by a 45m high barrel-vaulted roof. This reconstruction lets you dip your toes in to get a little taste of the luxury. GREAT KIVA, AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT (NEW MEXICO, USA) These ruins were first discovered in 1859 and provide invaluable insight into the daily lives of the Pueblo people. Sprawled over 27 acres, the ruins boast more than 450 rooms and include a fully restored kiva. Built partly underground, the ‘great kivas’ were huge, round structures where people gathered to socialise, discuss important issues of the day or tuck into a communal feast. Visitors can find the restored kiva by walking the original trails that lead through the ruins. And if you can’t make it to New Mexico, this reconstruction should give you an idea of how this great civilisation lived. BASILICA OF MAXENTIUS (ROME, ITALY) This majestic building in the Forum Romanum was the greatest of all the Roman basilicas. Covering 6,500 square metres, it acted as a meeting house, commercial area and administrative building. It was designed in a grand fashion fit for its prime location and importance to the Roman government and public. The spectacular Corinthian columns, multicoloured marble floors and gilded bronze tile walls made this one of the most impressive buildings of Ancient Rome. The ornate details might have disappeared with time, but with this reconstruction you can get a sense of the basilica’s former opulence. ANGKOR WAT (SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA) Estimated to have taken around 30 years to construct, this complex was originally a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu. It transitioned to a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century and is believed to be the world’s largest religious building. From afar, Angkor Wat appears to be one enormous mass of stone. Once inside, however, visitors will find a series of elevated towers, porches and courtyards on different levels, linked by a series of stairways. One of Angkor Wat’s lush courtyards has been recreated, and looks like the perfect place for some mindful walking.
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