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Below (and on page 2) are a few of the pictures we took while we were there. It's amazing to realize that over 2,000 years ago the citizens of Pompeii had running water, saunas, and local bars. The ruins are so vast that I doubt one could see everything in a week, let alone a single afternoon. And excavation is still underway.
Many of the wealthy merchants had beautiful frescos adorning their walls, plumbing systems utilizing lead pipes and valves, and even running fountains.
When the eruption occurred, the residents were buried under hot ash. The ash eventually turned to rock. By filling the cavities left by the bodies with plaster you get a plaster cast of the original victim. There are casts of people and animals who died under the hot ash.
The streets were the sewers and so the sidewalks are quite high and there are steeping stones for crossing the street so you would not have to step in the sewage.
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|Plaster cast of the body
of a victim of the volcanic
|Another cast of a victim of the eruption||This fountain was a gift from another city state and it even has the price inscribed on it.|
|Local Bar. The holes
were for keeping the
|The streets doubled as the sewer system. That's why the stepping stones are in the streets. .||Relief's in a bath house|
|You can see the lead pipe that carried water to the fountains.
|A closer look...||House of a wealthy
citizen of pompeii