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Inside the Royal Gates
Photograph by Steve McCurry

Author Andrew Lawler stands beneath what was once the doorway to the royal palace at Ctesiphon, now one of the last remnants of the Sasanian Empire's royal capital. Built in the sixth century A.D., the audience hall of the palace of King Khosrow I still stands, but the unguarded site has most recently served as a target for graffiti artists and looters.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 50mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f2.8

Weather Conditions: Clear 
Time of Day: Late afternoon 
Lighting Techniques: Available light



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