Destination List > Pompeii


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The history...

Pompeii is an ancient Roman city near Naples, Italy, that was buried under volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. This city is famous for its well-preserved ruins, which offer a detailed look into ancient Roman life.

Pompeii was a bustling city with around 20,000 residents. It had everything a Roman city would have: homes, shops, temples, theaters, and baths. The people of Pompeii lived busy lives, working, trading, and enjoying entertainment.

On August 24, AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted violently. The eruption sent a huge cloud of ash, pumice, and gases high into the sky. This ash began to fall on Pompeii, covering the city quickly. Many residents tried to flee, but some were unable to escape. They were buried by the ash, which preserved their bodies in the positions they died.

The eruption buried Pompeii under about 20 feet of ash and pumice. For many centuries, the city lay hidden, forgotten by the world. It wasn’t until 1748 that Pompeii was rediscovered by workers digging in the area. Excavations began, and archaeologists found a city frozen in time.

The ash had preserved buildings, streets, and even everyday objects like pots, furniture, and paintings. Some of the most famous finds are the plaster casts of people and animals, made by filling the spaces left by decomposed bodies with plaster.

Today, Pompeii is a popular tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can walk through the ancient streets, see the homes and shops, and imagine what life was like nearly 2,000 years ago. The ruins of Pompeii provide a fascinating and moving glimpse into the past, showing both the glory of ancient Rome and the sudden tragedy that struck the city.

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