This Way to the Brothel

Trip Start Aug 05, 2013
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Trip End Oct 15, 2013


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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Thursday, September 12, 2013

If I learned one thing in Pompeii, it's that people have essentially not changed in the last 2,000 years. This observation is based solely on the markings made in the footpaths directing ancient Pompeii visitors to the brothel. 

Today, the route to the brothel remains heavily trafficked as it seems to be one of the highlights when touring the ruins.

 

 
 

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city located near modern Naples. It was mostly destroyed after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD which left the area buried under 20 feet of ash. Everything under the ash was well preserved for centuries and provides great detail into the lives of the Pompeiians.

 



 
During excavations in the 1860s, it was realized that the occasional voids in the layers of ash were left by decomposed bodies. Plaster was injected into the space to recreate the forms of the victims in the exact position they were in when they died.

Brothels and plaster forms of decomposed bodies not your thing? There is still so much more to see in Pompeii from the well-preserved homes with their beautiful frescoes and mosaic tiled floors to the ancient theaters and temples. 
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