Someone else's past

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The whole world is in constant motion ... As time goes by, the planet spinning in space, and all the space in the world is constantly changing ... I was day and night, seasons, landscapes and reliefs ... change one's religion, culture, tradition ... Even immutable things in each a single period of time seem to be completely the same as the state borders with change with startling ease the passage of time ...

Change and people ... and change their values ​​... And sometimes, the result of all these changes, there is that something very significant for some, falls into the introduction of a completely different ... those for whom it does not mean anything ...

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Cultural and archaeological tragedy? No ... just life ...

Such a fate befell the ancient city of Volubilis - the most south-western city of great once the Roman Empire ...

Everything has changed ... And now this territory belongs to the Islamic country of Morocco, which is not very much and need someone else's story ... The town is now in ruins ... Ruins, which are particularly to anyone and do not need ... in spite of their historic value ...

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A bit of "Wikipedia":

This place is located near the city of Meknes. Excavations have shown that the area was inhabited by humans during the Neolithic. In III century BC. e. Here there was a small Berber town, which is inhabited by the same Greeks, Jews and Syrians. In 40 BC. e. Emperor Caligula annexed Volubilis the Roman Empire. The city became the capital of its most remote province. The main occupation of the residents except for agriculture began mining copper and olive oil. The heyday of the city! At that time, the population exceeded according to some 20,000 people. Just think about it - 20000!

At the end of the III century the Romans abandoned Volubilis. But the city is not dead. And 400 years later here came the Arabs.

In the XVIII century, the great Sultan Moulay Ismail had brought from Volubilis columns and almost all the marbles for the construction of the palace and the city gate in Meknes. In fact, the city looted and banal forget about it ... And no one since it was not the case ...

Ruins found by chance ... At the end of the XIX century, two European diplomats, passing in these parts, unexpectedly discovered ancient Roman buildings and the triumphal arch. Their astonishment knew no bounds. After all, no one, nowhere and no mention of these ruins ...

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In 1915, with the beginning of the French protectorate excavations began in Volubilis. And in December 1997, according to the Convention on the world cultural and historical monuments, the Archaeological Museum of Volubilis was included in the list of world cultural monuments and declared a heritage of humanity.

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However, to impose the values ​​never become family ... and the attitude towards them is always appropriate ...

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Getting here, you are transferred completely to another world ... This is no longer the country of Morocco, in which you are traveling before dinner ... It's quite unlike those of the medina, mosques and madrassas, which color you admired during the last week! But it's not even in the architecture ... It seems the very air is saturated with a totally different culture ... and the city always pays for it all!

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In Volubilis reigns desolation ... No ... Here, of course, clean, territory is fenced, there is a security and even parking ...

But, despite all this, throughout the visit, accompanied by the feeling that yesterday between these historic stones were tending goats and surrounding boys played here in the Moroccan version of "cops and robbers" and the most hidden little corners between surviving colony was used as a public toilet.

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This story anyone is not needed ... The mosaics, which anywhere else would have been likely to either be moved to a museum, or fenced off somehow from the external environment, it is simply left as is, in the open air. Stones are strong, but they are not immune from destruction ...

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The most valuable patterns that scary to imagine how many years, corny soak in the rain, and burn in the scorching sun ... except that the small barrage bars calling to be a little more careful in handling ... But who stops if in sight no No local officials ...

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Is that gloomy postcards sellers wander through the ruins of the alien ghosts ... and nobody cares ...

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Chunks of stone reliefs with the remains lying in a heap, at best, are turned "right side" to the hiking routes on the territory of ...

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Nevertheless, this place is a popular tourist destination! We arrived in the evening, just before closing ... But at this time there wandering around several groups of tourists dutifully followed the guide with tablets ...

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But despite all this the ruins of Volubilis are required to visit for everyone who travels in these places! Here is to call at least to see the real shape of the ancient city, its houses, courtyards and streets that have good guessed among chaotic at first glance debris ...

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And surprised to subtlety and elegance of ancient mosaics ...

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