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Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum

Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were founded in the 6th century BC. Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata were devastated by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata are located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Mount Vesuvius is a volcano on the west coast of Italy. Pompeii and Herculaneum remained undisturbed beneath the ashes until the first excavations in 1748 and 1860. About 75 % of the buildings of Herculaneum are yet to be excavated. The Villa of Poppaea was also destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The Villa of Poppaea is located in the ancient Roman town of Oplontis, the modern town of Torre Annunziata. Oplontis was excavated in 1964-1984. The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata are located not far from Naples. Most of the objects found in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata are housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

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Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius on the background. Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, modern Torre Annunziata, were devastated by an eruption of Mount...

Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius on the background. Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, modern Torre Annunziata, were devastated by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Even today, the Mount Vesuvius is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

  1. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius on the background. Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, modern Torre Annunziata, were devastated by an eruption of Mount...

    Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius on the background. Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, modern Torre Annunziata, were devastated by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Even today, the Mount Vesuvius is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

  2. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The ruins of Pompeii are located a few kilometres south of the Mount...

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The ruins of Pompeii are located a few kilometres south of the Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii was devastated by an eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii remained undisturbed beneath the ashes until the first excavations in 1748. The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

  3. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The streets in Pompeii were very dirty, waste was thrown onto the street....

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The streets in Pompeii were very dirty, waste was thrown onto the street. Stepping stones allowed people to cross the street without stepping in the waste water and dirt, on each side of the street were raised sidewalks, the spaces between the stepping stones allowed carriages to pass along the road.

  4. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The Great Theater of Pompeii was built into a natural hill in the 2nd...

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The Great Theater of Pompeii was built into a natural hill in the 2nd century BC. The theater could accommodate 5000 spectators. The lower section of the theater was reserved for the senators, magistrates and other important people, the middle section was reserved for the middle class and the top was reserved for plebeians.

  5. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The Great Theater in Pompeii was used for comedies and tragedies.Pompeii,...

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The Great Theater in Pompeii was used for comedies and tragedies.Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata were destroyed by the same volcanic eruption. A large cloud of volcanic ash was driven by the wind towards Pompeii, the roofs collapsed by the weight of ash. Pompeii was buried by volcanic ash. Herculaneum was buried by six lava flows. Most people had no time to flee.

  6. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The Odeon was a small theater in Pompeii, it was built in 80 BC and could...

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The Odeon was a small theater in Pompeii, it was built in 80 BC and could accommodate 1000 spectators. The Odeon was used for concerts and performances of pantomime. Pompeii was founded in ca. 600 BC and was devastated by an eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD, Pompeii was buried under millions of tons by volcanic ash. Now, Pompeii is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  7. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The House of the Tragic Poet in Pompeii is a typical 2nd century Roman house,...

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The House of the Tragic Poet in Pompeii is a typical 2nd century Roman house, the name derives from a mosaic depicting a theatre scene. The house is famous for its mosaics and frescoes, the decorations were remade after the earthquake of 62 AD. This earthquake may have been the forerunner to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. 

  8. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: Pompeii remained undisturbed beneath the ashes until the excavations in 1748...

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: Pompeii remained undisturbed beneath the ashes until the excavations in 1748 and 1860. Before the eruption of the Vesuvius, Pompeii was a beloved holiday location for rich Romans. The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculanuem and Torre Annunziata gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

  9. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - The entrance gate into Herculaneum. In 79 AD, Herculaneum was destroyed by the lava flows from the Mount Vesuvius. The eruption...

    The entrance gate into Herculaneum. In 79 AD, Herculaneum was destroyed by the lava flows from the Mount Vesuvius. The eruption lasted 24 hours. Herculaneum was buried under 23 metres of lava. The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

  10. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The House of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite in Herculaneum. The...

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: The House of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite in Herculaneum. The walls near the lararium are decorated with floral designs and deer being chased by dogs. A lararium is a shrine to the guardian spirits of an ancient Roman household. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculanuem and Torre Annunziata became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

  11. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - The house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite in Herculaneum. A wall of the nymphaeum, a room consecrated to the water nymphs, is...

    The house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite in Herculaneum. A wall of the nymphaeum, a room consecrated to the water nymphs, is decorated with a mosaic of Neptune and his wife Amphitrite. The dining area of this house is also decorated with wall mosaics. The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.

  12. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculanuem and Torre Annunziata: A part of the Archaeological Area of Herculanuem. Herculaneum was devastated in...

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculanuem and Torre Annunziata: A part of the Archaeological Area of Herculanuem. Herculaneum was devastated in 79 AD by an eruption of the Vesuvius. The remains of the buried city were discovered in 1709. The major excavation in Herculaneum started in 1927. Most of the buildings of Herculaneum are yet to be excavated. About one-third of the town has been excavated.

  13. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: This statue of the god Pan was found in Pompeii. Most of the objects...

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: This statue of the god Pan was found in Pompeii. Most of the objects that were found in Pompeii and Herculaneum have been removed. The Naples National Archaeological Museum houses most of the artifacts found at Pompeii and Herculaneum and also the original frescoes of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

  14. Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum - Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: A work of art found in Pompeii. Most of the objects found in Pompeii and...

    Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata: A work of art found in Pompeii. Most of the objects found in Pompeii and Herculaneum are on display at the Naples National Archaeological Museum, one room is dedicated to the artwork of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The museum is considered the most important archaeological museum in Italy and one of the most important in the world.