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>February Theme Day – Paths and passages – #690

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As I was pathing (sorry about that – irresistible…) through town the other day, I reflected on the wisdom (or lack of) of getting out your shovel and having a prod around at the Earth’s epidermis ANYWHERE in Mainz.

You’re quite likely to stumble across something ancient and then you’re really up whatsit in a barbed wire canoe sans paddle, because the archaeologists will be on you in a flash and put a rapid stop to your construction ambitions.

As in the case of this place: a covered arcade that’s about as upmarket as Mainz gets (but doesn’t really quite coupez the moutarde..) and was destined to be rather naffly named “Lothar Passage” after the alley that it covered, which in turn was named after a Holy Roman Emperor from 800-and-a-bit AD

Did they stumble upon a simple mediaeval midden or perchance a Roman shipyard from the turn of the last milennium-but-one?

No they did not.

Did they stumble upon a temple to the Goddesses Isis (his Bobness even wote a song ) and Magna Mater AND – below that – Celtic graves from 800BC ?

Yes, they bloody well did and the temple really is quite sensational, being one of only 2 north of the Alps and the only one in a presentable condition.

So they decided that an underground car park precisely in this spot wouldn’t be a good idea after all and maybe we should have ruins where the cars were going to live and make a museum out of it.

Which is what they did.

Quite excellent it is, too, and it’s all happening under the feet of the pathers-by passers-by.

(And remind me to tell you the joke sometime about the doctor and the girl with a lisp……)

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This entry was published on 1 February, 2009 at 12:00. It’s filed under Mainz, Monthly Theme Day and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

7 thoughts on “>February Theme Day – Paths and passages – #690

  1. >I’ve realy enjoyed scrolling through your blog:) I used to live near Mainz in a town called Partenheim.

  2. >Your photo is beautifully composed, it’s colourful, I love it!Loved the story too. Old cities are amazing, aren’t they? No such thing in NYC or Auckland, hey?

  3. >I found your story about “the alley that it covered” funny. Then amazing as the historical significants of the other finds where exposed … Also your pathers-by passers-by joke was good.

  4. >wow. what a technical shot and thanks for sharing how you did it. happy Theme day!

  5. >You were dieing for us to ask! Very intriguing post.

  6. >0.5 seconds @ f22 & 1600ASA, steadied on a handrail. Tweaked the contrast a bit and increased the colour saturation too.

  7. >I’m not even going to ask how you achieved that photo but it’s very effective in giving a sense of the busyness of the place. Great colours.

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