Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia

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Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia Reviews

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The paintings survive Mar 12, 2008
At first sight this necropolis comes as something of a disappointment. In place of the streets of the dead and homes of the dead at Cerveteri, all htat is to be seen is what looks a little like a building site with an undue number of builders' huts.

However, on approaching any of these 'huts,' you discover that they are merely modern protective covers for flights of steps leading below the ground. Following the steps downward, you reach a huge glass screen with a light switch beside it, on pressing which you see the inside of the tomb with painting that has survived about 2500 years. Obviously the paintings do not as fresh as the day they were painted - far from it. The graves were discovered way back and were subject to robbery and defacement. There are great gaps in the murals. What is astonishing however is that so much of them is still to be seen.

Near the top of each flight of steps is a large board showing how the grave was thought to have been adorned originally with notes on its meaning and significance.
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