Go Big

I haven’t been posting Dutch Goes The Photo Challenge the last few weeks. Mainly because I’ve been gone and I did my best to keep up where I could. The theme from Dutch this week is go big. Go big can mean anything big in size or even a way of life, maybe taking on a job and doing it in the biggest way possible.

I needed to give this one some thought, I’m not sure if there’s a defining moment in my life where I can say I’ve went big. I mean I probably have, but nothing is jumping out today for me.

What did jump out is the picture of the Colosseum that Dutch posted, it was BIG. That reminded me of when I visited a Roman amphitheatre in Spain. We literally stumbled upon it, did not expect to find it and I was blown away by it.

This is what Wikipedia says about it …

UNESCO World Heritage site
Amphitheatre of Tarragona 02.jpg

View of the amphitheatre
Official name Amphitheatre, basilica, and Romanesque church
Location Tarragona, Spain
Part of Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco
Criteria Cultural: (ii), (iii)
Reference 875-007
Inscription 2000 (24th Session)
Area 1 ha (0.0039 sq mi)

The amphitheatre could house up to 15,000 spectators, and measured 130 by 102 metres (427 ft × 335 ft).

It was built at the end of 1st century BC and the start of 2nd century BC, down from the walls and facing the sea. There are remains of a large inscription dating to the reign of Elagabalus (3rd century AD) and located in the podium.

In 259, during the persecution of Christians by Emperor Valerian, the city’s bishop, Fructuosus, and his deacons, Augurius and Eulogius, were burned alive. After Christianity became the official religion of the empire, the amphitheatre lost its original functions. The following years some of the building’s stones were used to build a basilica to commemorate the three martyrs. Tombs were excavated in the arena and funerary mausoleums were annexed to the church.

The Islamic invasion of Spain started a period of abandonment of the area, which lasted until the 12th century, when a church was built over the remains of the Visigothic church, in Romanesque style. This was demolished in 1915.

In 1576, it became the convent for the order of the Trinity until 1780 when it became a prison for prisoners who were constructing the port. After closing the prison, it was abandoned up to the mid-20th century when work was started to recover the theatre, funded by the Bryant Foundation.

The photographs I have taken don’t really give you the real sense of its size.

Other big things I have seen are volcanoes. Twice I have actually stood right on top of a live volcano, it sounds impressive, but it’s a regular tourist stop in Lanzarote in The Canary Islands. The volcano Timanfaya has a restaurant at the top of it, all of the food for the restaurant is cooked using the heat from the volcano below. You can watch the chefs cook the food on a giant grill which has been built over a vent hole. The ground is so hot you cannot touch it if you knelt down to touch with your bare hands. I often wonder if the local people have a contingency plan for their lives should the volcano erupt. Meanwhile the volcano just keeps pumping out heat and smiles for bus loads of tourists that visit every day.

Another go big photo I have are these giant watches, they are a sculpture I spotted in the centre of a roundabout in the Algarve, Portugal. no mistaking what time it is when you are driving about.

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