Pompejanum Aschaffenburg Reviews
Roman lifestyle along the river Main Feb 19, 2006
The Pompejanum is one of Aschaffenburg's most famous sights and one of its landmarks. Inspired by the excavation of a Roman residential house - the Castor and Pollux house in Pompeji, which was buried by the Vesuv erruption in 79 AD - the Bavarian King Ludwig I. ordered a copy of this beatiful house to be built from 1840-1848.
It was not supposed to be a new villa for himself but it should enable the study of antique art for the artlovers in the country and give them a better idea of Roman architecture.
In the Second World War the Pompejanum was built severely. The whole building and many of the precious and amazing paintings were destroyed. It took a long time of restoration before the atrium and splendid apartments for ladies, gentleman and slaves arose.
When you enter the building, the first thing you see is the atrium with its water pool. Arriving at the ground floor you feel the atmosphere and you can imagine how people lived in Roman time. Roman utilities are displayed behind glass. All the rooms, kitchen, dining room, reception and guest rooms are decorated with magnificent mosaic floors and Roman mural paintings.
The Vindarium - a kind of garden - at the back of the house was only small place to relax. Being surrounded by a wonderful nature it was the perfect location to get some rest.
The Triclinium - the dining room - is devided into two main parts. The first was used for the dinner and the second for the service. The walls of this room are decorated with beatiful curtains or bright mural paintings. From the roof, bronze lamps are used for illumination. The table is round and made of valueable wood.
The black floor in the kitchen - Culina - consists of a mixture of a lime tree, coaldust and ashes. In a pantry attached to the kitchen, the owners of the house kept their daily used oil in big pots made of clay.
As far as possible the gardeners who are responsible of the Pompejanum today use plants of the Mediterranean climate like figtrees, cedars and agaves to realize the Italian dream in Bavaria. Below the Pompejanum you can find a vine yard. Its very special and delicious wine, called "Pompejaner", is only served on special occasions.
If you want to visit both the Pompejanum and Castle Johannisburg, ask for the combined ticket, which is 6,- (5,-) Euro for both attractions.
If you are interested in a guided tour through the Pompejanum, contact the Führungsnetz Aschaffenburg www.vhs-aschaffenburg.de for more information. The tour is avaliable in several languages.
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