Pompeii Travel Blog› entry 4 of 16 › view all entries
May 26th, 2006 – by: alison_wndrlnd
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city, which was completely buried under ash when Mount Vesuvius errupted in 79 AD. The city and it's people ceased to exist almost instantly, but the layers and layers of ash preserved the entire city nearly perfectly to this day, with most of it nearly completely excavated. You walk around Pompeii like you are walking around any small city... there are wide streets, crosswalks, in-tact homes and shops, religious temples, political forums and town halls, a giant colloseum where games were held. 2000-year-old tiled counters and floors remained perfectly preserved, colorful wall murals...the most amazing thing though, is the bodies. Because the erruption caught people so suddenly, they literally died in the streets, just going about their day-to-day business. Most of the mummified bodies have been removed to museums, but a few have been left out in Pompeii...it's both incredible and disturbing to see a human body from 79 AD, clad in their togas and sandals...but at the same time, curled up and screaming in pain because of what was happening to them. I didn't have the heart to take pictures of them.
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