The ruins of the city of Pompeii in Southern Italy. Recreated gardens in some parts give a sense of the beauty that once flourished in these elaborate houses.
Pompeii was badly damaged by a massive earthquake in AD62 and the damage had not all been repaired when Mt Vesuvius suddenly erupted in AD79 killing many of Pompeii’s inhabitants and completely burying the city beneath a rain of cinders and ash.
The buried city was first discovered in 1594, and over the next 6 years, as channeling work was being carried out on the river Sarno. At that time the investigation into the buried city was not extended.
In 1748 however, proper excavations were started under the king of Naples, Charles of Bourbon, and ever since then have continued without a break.
Featured in History group, RedBubble, August 2009
Featured in Ancient Ruins and Relics group, RedBubble, December 2009