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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedJanuary 27, 2014
TakenNovember 4, 2005
ModelFinePix F440
Exposure1/250 sec at f/7.4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length6.3 mm
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Designated as a Tunisian UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, Dougga speaks clearly of its former glory as Thugga, an important Numidian military post, and as a Roman administrative centre that peaked in prosperity between the 2nd and 4th centuries. Nearly 100 km (about 62 miles) west of the capital, Tunis, and covering 65 hectares (about 60 acres) overlooking a patchwork valley of wheat fields and orchards, this ancient site includes the impressive ruins of numerous temples, a theatre, shops, baths, and houses with stunning mosaic floors.

Built in 188AD, Dougga's majestic nineteen tiered theatre provided seating for about 3500 people. The highest level offers breathtaking panoramic views of the crumbling city and the valley below, and from up there it’s easy to imagine the pageantry of stage productions of so long ago. This ancient theatre literally comes alive again each year during the Dougga Summer Festival in July and August. Spectators watch a floodlit performance of a classical drama staged where Roman actors once took the stage.

Fred and I had the pleasure of living in Tunisia for over a year. We lived in the seaside village of La Marsa. Our trip to Dougga was our first major adventure away from the coast.

Had fun adding layers to this image:-)

29 responses

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (27 Jan 2014):

    Outstanding layers and detail Deborah! Great narrative and what a special place to see!

  • Zen Sven

    Zen Sven said (27 Jan 2014):

    beautiful :)

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (27 Jan 2014):

    Beautiful presentation, Db.

  • Geoff Plant

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  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (27 Jan 2014):

    You've had some amazing adventures, and taken some incredible photos. This one is no exception!!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (27 Jan 2014):

    well done!!!!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (27 Jan 2014):

    Beautifully done. Love the shads and tones.

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (28 Jan 2014):


  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (28 Jan 2014):

    Sounds like an incredible place to visit. Certainly a wonderful photo!!!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (28 Jan 2014):

    Wow, now that is an adventure! How very cool and exciting. A super image

  • Michele Wambaugh

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  • Richard Knight

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  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (28 Jan 2014):

    what a fabulous year that must have been for you. this shot is dynamite!!!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (28 Jan 2014):

    Incredible!! Must have been a wonderful trip!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (29 Jan 2014):

    I love the treatment.Makes the photo look like a great old painting!


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (30 Jan 2014):

    I would love to be there!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (30 Jan 2014):

    An excellent entry, BRAVO!!!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (31 Jan 2014):

    Beautiful use of layering. The shot alone ain't too shabby either.

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (31 Jan 2014):

    I love the timeless look you get with these. When I was a little kid, I used to look voraciously through the Books of Knowledge at my grandparents' house. Most of those pictures were b&w but the rare one in colour had this quality.

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (1 Feb 2014):

    Beaurifully done...great capture

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (1 Feb 2014):

    I love this...You did an excellent job on this beautiful image.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Feb 2014):

    Rockin' JPG's Adventureland!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (2 Feb 2014):

    great work,picture!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (2 Feb 2014):

    The layers your added to the image parallel the layers of history. Your narratives are fascinating.

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi (Deleted) gave props (2 Feb 2014):

    nice image

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (4 Feb 2014):

    shot and treatment are well placed together. 2 thumbs up!

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (4 Feb 2014):

    stunning !!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (4 Feb 2014):

    Incredibly beautiful shot,

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (9 Feb 2014):

    Outstanding image with expert layering, very interesting narrative!!!

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