Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pompeii 1

Most of the people who travel all the way to the South of Italy, Naples will not leave without visiting a nearby town, Pompeii. Known for its famous ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the commune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, its sister city, Pompeii was destroyed, and completely buried, during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in AD 79.

The volcano collapsed higher roof-lines and buried Pompeii under 60 feet of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Today, it is both one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with 2,571,725 visitors in 2007, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (sources taken from wikipedia)

Pompei, the new city.

The old city, Pompeii. The ruins. One of the houses with plastic cover for preservation purposes.

One of the houses.

Wonder why the entrances to the houses are so small.

What's left are pillars.

More more.

I actually squeezed my way through that small opening and went inside the dome. It was really creepy! Total darkness!

Its full view.

Beheaded sculptures.

The building with lots of heads.

See what I mean?

Weee!! Amyksy was in Pompeii. Consider myself very lucky :)

Look at how the walls are so well preserved. With the vibrant colors intact.

This pot is so big! I look so petite next to it. Yay! haha

The row of remnants.

Vineyard behind bars.

So urban.

A group of Russian kids with their guide! Seriously, I was walking pass them and a Mongolian woman starting blabbering in Russian about the water pipe that was right in front of them. Were talking about the water system of Pompeii before the earthquake it seems.

Let's start emo-ing.


Reaching for the sky (The branches).

Was being stupid. Pretend to be freaked out and see how ugly I look. LOL.



In between.

Does it look like an image of a cow?

Paved ground.

The kitchen compound.

Mighty doors.

Another one of those well-preserved interiors.

Mosaic floors. Not bad for an ancient city.

Part 2 coming up!

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