Pompeii Brothel Reopens October 26, 2006Posted by Michael in History.
Well-travelled commenter Lipstick can now return to her favorite Roman ruin.
I visited Pompeii on a vacation with Mrs. Michael and the kids about a dozen years ago, when this exhibit was open. Pompeii is in a rather run-down area of Italy, but the trip is worth it. The ruins are truly awesome; a remarkably detailed and fascinating preservation of everyday Roman life that is not available anywhere else on earth.
By Marta Falconi
Updated: 2 hours, 49 minutes ago
POMPEII, Italy – It was the jewel of Pompeii’s libertines: a brothel decorated with frescoes of erotic figures believed to be the most popular in the ancient Roman city.
The Lupanare — which derives its name from the Latin word “lupa,” or “prostitute” — was presented to the public again Thursday following a yearlong, $253,000 restoration to clean up its frescoes and fix the structure.
Pompeii was destroyed in A.D. 79 by a cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that killed thousands of people — and buried the city in 20 feet of volcanic ash, preserving Pompeii for 1,600 years and providing precious information on what life was like in the ancient world.