the islet, it was abandoned by 60 BC. Excavations reveal two-level homes, shops, shrines, temples, cisterns, a forum, a gymnasium, a stadium, and an amphitheater seating 5,500. Often seen in travel
brochures is the iconic Avenue of the Lions where the remaining five sentry lions, replicas of the original nine, sit resplendent along a narrow hillside overlooking the parched Sacred Lake.
A rainy spring provided an extravagance of red poppies and purple and yellow wildflowers with a wealth of greenery, adding a colorful backdrop to gray/beige ruins.
Also in the theater district is the read more