Pompeii was an ancient Roman town, about 8 km (5.0 miles) southeast of Mount Vesuvius. It was destroyed by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, together with the nearby city of Herculaneum. It was buried by 4-6 m (13-20 ft) of ash. Archaeological Areas of Pompei and Herculaneum is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Its location was lost till it was rediscovered in the late 18th century. It has been excavated ever since.

More details are in the Wikipedia entry for Pompeii.

Pompeii with its burried city is another splendid example of the many sites of Ancient Civilizations that I visited during my travels.

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Pompeii

View South Side Ruins
View of the south side of the ruins of Pompeii. (823k)
Street Pompeii
Street in Pompeii. (1033k)
Paved Street Pompeii
Paved street in Pompeii. (934k)
Paved Street Pompeii See
Paved street in Pompeii. You can see the groves from the incessant carriage traffic. (1074k)
Paved Street Pompeii Notice
Paved street in Pompeii. Notice the stepping stones in the street to allow pedestrians to cross the street without stepping into the street. The streets were the sewage canals of Pompeii, so you didn't want to step into the street. (1013k)
Closer View Stepping Stones
Closer view of the stepping stones. (982k)
Wider Streets Had Multiple
Wider streets had multiple stepping stones. They were dimensioned such that the wheels of the carriages fit between the stones. (870k)
Amphitheater
Amphitheater. (641k)
Inside Amphitheater
Inside the amphitheater. (1036k)
Necropolis Herculaneum Gate
Necropolis of the Herculaneum Gate. (1019k)
Grave Necropolis Herculaneum Gate
Grave in the Necropolis of the Herculaneum Gate. (824k)
Basilica Pompeii End 2nd
Basilica of Pompeii (from the end of the 2nd century BCE). (702k)
House Well
House and well. (1052k)
House Pompeii Often Very
House in Pompeii. It is often very difficult to see what is original and what is restoration. In this case it looks as if the upper part of the wall is a restoration, but I can't be sure. (1215k)
Water Basin Marble Courtyard
Water basin in marble in a courtyard. (982k)
Water Basin Marble Mosaics
Water basin in marble and mosaics. (1066k)
Columns Frescoes House Menander
Columns and frescoes in the House of the Menander. (958k)
Inside House Frescoes
Inside of a house with frescoes. (861k)
Marble Bath Inside House
Marble bath inside a house. (583k)
Inside House Beautiful Frescoes
Inside a house with beautiful frescoes and floor mosaics. (827k)
Details Floor Mosaic
Details of the floor mosaic. (806k)
Elaborate Mosaic Floor
Elaborate mosaic floor. (858k)
Details Mosaic Floor
Details of mosaic floor. (1214k)
Details Beautiful Mosaic Floor
Details of beautiful mosaic floor. (1360k)
Building Floor Mosaic Apparently
He was building a floor mosaic. Apparently, there is a lot of restoration, so you never know what is original and what is restoration. (825k)
Built-in Storage Jars House
Built-in storage jars in the House of Vetutius Placidus. (630k)
Marble Decorated Counter
Marble decorated counter. (989k)
Marble Statue
Marble statue. (1128k)
Beautiful Marble Table Held
Beautiful marble table held by three supports with lion's heads and feet. It bears the engraving of the original owner, Publius Servilius Caesar, one of the conspirators who killed Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. (938k)
Details Stone-carved Fries
Details of a stone-carved fries. (1.6M)
Small Arch Frescoes
Small arch with frescoes. (1002k)
Wall Frescoes
Wall with frescoes. (761k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (726k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (842k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (764k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (1149k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (879k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (829k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (776k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (870k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (890k)
Fresco Small Picture Only
Fresco. This is a small picture, only the size o a hand, but with incredible details. (900k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (952k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (759k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (792k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (752k)
Frescoes
Frescoes. (780k)

House of Venus in the Shell

Garden Inside House Venus
Garden inside the House of Venus in the Shell. (1090k)
Inside House Venus Shell
Inside the House of Venus in the Shell. (997k)
Frescoes House Venus Shell
Frescoes in the House of Venus in the Shell. (1092k)
Fresco House Venus Shell
Fresco in the House of Venus in the Shell, one of the most beautiful in Pompeii. (860k)
Fresco House Venus Shell
Fresco in the House of Venus in the Shell. (900k)

Forum Baths

Inside Forum Baths
Inside the Forum Baths. (838k)
Inside Forum Baths
Inside the Forum Baths. (750k)
Decorations Forum Baths
Decorations in the Forum Baths. (777k)
Close-up Decorations Forum Baths
Close-up of decorations in the Forum Baths. (797k)
Frescoes Forum Baths
Frescoes in the Forum Baths. (750k)

Villa of Mysteries

Geometric Frescoes Villa Mysteries
Geometric frescoes in the Villa of Mysteries. (697k)
Geometric Frescoes Villa Mysteries
Geometric frescoes in the Villa of Mysteries. (853k)
Frescoes Villa Mysteries
Frescoes in the Villa of Mysteries. (683k)
Frescoes Villa Mysteries
Frescoes in the Villa of Mysteries. (833k)
Room Frescoes Floor Mosaic
Room with frescoes and floor mosaic in the Villa of Mysteries. (790k)
Room Frescoes Floor Mosaic
Room with frescoes and floor mosaic in the Villa of Mysteries. (809k)
Closer View Room Frescoes
Closer view of a room with frescoes and floor mosaic in the Villa of Mysteries. (839k)
Close-up View Frescoes Villa
Close-up view of frescoes in the Villa of Mysteries. (790k)
Ceramic Tile Egyptian Motif
Ceramic tile with Egyptian motif in the Villa of Mysteries. (956k)
Body Victim Mount Vesuvius
Body of victim of the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79 CE. (854k)

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