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The ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis in the city center of Plovdiv (ancient Philippopolis), Bulgaria. According to a builders’ inscription, discovered on the frieze-architrave of the eastern proskenion, the construction of the theatre dates back to the time of Emperor Trajan (reigned 98–117 AD).

Theatre of Dionysos Eleuthereus

The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus is a major theatre in Athens, built at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis. Dedicated to Dionysus, the god of plays and wine (among other things), the theatre could seat as many as 17,000 people with excellent acoustics, making it an ideal location for ancient Athens' biggest theatrical celebration, the Dionysia.

Kerak Castle, which was built by the Crusaders, now part of the modern city of al-Karak, Jordan. Photo: Brian Kaylor.

Church ruins at cave thought to be where John the baptizer lived. Photo: Brian Kaylor.

A channel for water carved into the rock by the Nabataeans who occupied the ancient city of Petra in the 300s BCE. Photo: Brian Kaylor.

Ruins in Amman, Jordan, with a mosque and the modern city in the background. Photo: Brian Kaylor.