Pompeii A Brief History Of The Lost City

POMPEII Uncovered

The Lost City of Pompeii Uncovered

My Pompeii History Images

One of the main highlights of our Western Mediterranean Cruise a few years back, was visiting the Lost City of Pompeii. It was a surreal experience walking through this ancient Roman City with so much preserved over time, giving you a realistic look at what life was like a few thousand years ago.

Enjoying Our Pompeii Tour

Pompeii Tour

We had a wonderful 2 week All Inclusive Cruise Vacation departing from South Hampton, England. We made stops in Gibraltar, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. What an amazing cruise and one that I would highly recommend taking! One of our most spectacular ports of call was in Naples, Italy.

While in port we enjoyed a full day shore excursion tour of the spectacular Amalfi Coast, later visiting and strolling along the massive Pompeii ruins. These are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  First, check out this excellent short History Channel video that is definitely worth viewing.  It depicts the massive volcanic eruption and total devastation of the City of Pompeii back AD 79.

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Pompeii A Brief History and Interesting Facts

Lost City of Pompeii

Pompeii A Brief History

Pompeii was a very important and large ancient Roman City in Naples. Examiners have determined that the town was established in the sixth or seventh century BC. This Roman city covered at least three square kilometers with heavily populated farmland and villages scattered around the city. It is believed the population of Pompeii was over 20,000 within the city.  This area was also known as a very popular vacation destination for Romans during that period as well.

Pompeii City Dwellings

Pompeii City Dwellings

Just walking through a small part of the cities ruins, you can truly see how big and spread out this city really was. Our visit lasted just a few hours and we felt as if we had just scratched the surface due to our limited time allowed in order to return back to our ship on time.

The Eruption of Vesuvius on August 24 AD 79

The massive volcanic eruption completely destroyed the city and the surrounding area, killing everyone in its path and burying Pompeii under feet and tons of volcanic ash. The city was kept buried and virtually undiscovered for nearly 1700 years. It was not until 1748 that discoveries were made and excavation took place to uncover this ancient city.

Pompeii Arcade

Pompeii Arcade

The remains and artifacts that were buried in the eruption have been delicately preserved for many centuries. Archeologists believe it is because of the absence of moisture and air beneath the layers of volcanic ash.

Pompeii Wealthy Residence

Pompeii Wealthy Residence

It was amazing to see the wall paintings and art after so many centuries still showing color, and how beautiful they must have been during that period.  As you strolled through the streets and gazed into each room, it really gave you a sense of what life must have been like during this Roman time.

Streets of Pompeii

Streets of Pompeii

Large blocks were placed along the roadway crossing from one side to the other, allowing people to cross without having to step onto the road, as it also served as the main drainage and sewage disposal system in the city. Can you just imagine the sites and the smells throughout the city at that time!

Throughout the excavation and recovery process of this archaeological site, plaster was used to fill in the cavities in the ash layers that once held spaces where human bodies were discovered. This allowed archaeologists to actually see their precise position that the person or persons were in when they died.

Human Forms of Pompeii

Human Forms of Pompeii

Viewing these plaster images really portrayed the horror these people must have felt just prior to their deaths.

Below, I’ve included a link to an excellent website outlining a brief history on the City of Pompeii. A great site, especially for you history buffs! This is a truly an awe inspiring historical site that one must make a point of visiting when traveling to this part of Italy.

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Did You Know …

“It was estimated that over 13% of the total population of Pompeii died in the initial blast.”

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