This Day in History | August 24, 79 AD

The great city of Pompeii is buried by Vesuvius.

“The city of Pompeii is a partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in the year AD 79. The eruption buried Pompeii under 4 to 6 meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2,500,000 visitors every year.”




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laurahartson August 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

wow. great post, very interesting


Jack Scott August 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Been there. Amazing. I urge everyone to visit before the site is destroyed by the elements and 2.5 million feet. Ironically, what Vesuvius preserved, mass tourism is destroying.


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