These ruins are ancient, Roman and traveled a long way from the North Africa! 😳
One of the most grotesque symbols of the colonial plunder is in the Great Windsor Park in Surrey. They seem like they have been all here for thousands of years, but in fact, they were taken from the Roman ruins of Leptis Magna of Libya in 1817. 🇱🇾
After some adventure, the artifacts were brought to the UK, and they have been stored in the British Museum, because historians didn't find them impressive.
Fortunately, someone had a genius idea to setup this "installment" in the Great Windsor Park. Jeffry Wyatville, King George IV’s architect, improvised this ruin site within the royal estate and named his strange franken-ruin as "The Temple of Augustus". 🏛️
If you fancy a nice, long walk around the Virginia Waters lake, you can't miss these ruins on your route. Don't miss the chance to be a smarty pants if you go with a group 😇
(Details from Paul Cooper's article "How Ancient Roman Ruins Ended Up 2,000 Miles Away in a British Garden", The Atlantic)
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