In the course of his three-year voyage, Girault de Prangey brought back -- from Cairo, Jerusalem, Constantinople and Baalbek -- photographs that are today the very earliest surviving.... This corpus of nearly a thousand daguerreotypes has come to us virtually intact and is the only such comprehensive body of work to have reached us from the generation of photographers active before 1850.
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The Temple of Zeus in Euromos dates from the 2nd century AD and was probably built during the reign of Hadrian (AD 117-138). Though it was built in Roman times it followed Greek temple design. At the top of its columns were capitals of the Corinthian order. This is one of the best preserved temples in Turkey, with sixteen of its original columns still standing.
This impressive ruin is dramatised by Girault de Prangey's composition, with asymmetrical angles and a low vantage point that emphasise the grace and grandeur of this edifice.