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Blog Challenge July 2012


Herculaneum Herculaneum, like Pompeii was buried by ash from the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. However the ash must have been cooler since there was not as much burning of the timbers as in Pompeii. The city was rediscovered … Continue reading

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Naples and Herculaneum From the Gulf of Naples in the northern Mediterranean Mount Vesuvius is a prominent feature of the skyline as it rises to 1,281 m (4,203 ft) . Three million people live around the base of the mountain which last erupted … Continue reading

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Pompeii Artifacts

Pompeii Artifacts In addition to the stone walls, columns, and statues, there were many other artifacts found in the buried city. Imagine all of the pots, jugs, and jars that would be left behind by those who managed to flee … Continue reading

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Pompeii Baths

Pompeii Baths Since Pompeii is a Roman city it has become a preserved sample of what the baths were like. Most private homes did not have their own baths because of the complexity of heating them and the amount of … Continue reading

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Pompeii Remains The City of Pompeii was buried under the ash and cinders of Mount Vesuvius for 17 centuries before excavations began. The homes, shops and streets are well preserved and give us a better understanding of life in 79 … Continue reading

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Ancient Pompeii Near Naples is the well known Mount Vesuvius.  In 79 AD a volcano erupted and buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Before the eruption Rome’s wealthy vacationed in Pompeii. Think summer homes and entertainment. Naples is in … Continue reading

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Inside the Roman Colosseum Almost 2000 years old and they are still charging admission to this broken down theatre. Repairs were not started until 2013 and were reported as the first cleaning in the history of the Colosseum. Although they were scheduled … Continue reading

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Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Just like the walls and ceiling of your home need to be repainted from time to time, imagine having to repaint the Sistine Chapel. Well, it happens. Most recently between 1980 and 1999. The soot from the … Continue reading

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St Peter’s Square

Saint Peter’s Square The main entrance to the Basilica is through St. Peter’s Square. However, our tour began in the museum, proceeded through the Sistine Chapel, then down through the Basilica, and finally out into the square. The Vatican is … Continue reading

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Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum The lineups are long to enter the Vatican Museum. Revenues from the visitors are used to support charities. Popes through history have collected art and sculptures to protect it in the Vatican. That is how the museum collected … Continue reading

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