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October 13th, 2008 – by: hoangn
St Simeon's Church, this place is still used for worship so when you enter you have to be mindful of being quiet and respectful. No photos are allowed and appropriate dress is required i.e. no swimwear. Upon arrival there were about 4 people in there. Two women in the front row looked like they were knitting and chatting quietly. One lady praying at the alter and embracing the casket, which is said to contain the mummified body of the patron saint and a man that looked like he had just finished and was paying his respects before leaving. The casket looked very small up on the alter, it is golden in colour and is held high on the platform. I didn't want to disturb the lady embracing the casket so I didn't approach it. We sat silently and observed for about 15-20 mins.
The forum, behind St Donat's church, Historical Roman ruins, containing the alter where the faces of the Roman Gods are engraved. History tells us that the floors are slightly sloped so that when animals were sacrificed here the blood would drain into the gutter. A tall column with metal rods that protrude from it is known as the column of shame. This is where people were tied up for the public to see them, with a plaque hanging from their neck describing their shameful acts.
Square of Five wells (Trg 5 Bunara). A row of 5 wells line a deserted platform. These wells are covered now but I guess these wells used to supply the towns people with their supply of water.
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