Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pompeii begins gladiator domus restoration

An elaborate restoration of a ruin once home to gladiators in the hours before they embarked on bouts to the death has got underway in Pompeii, five years after its collapse raised serious questions about the management of the famous UNESCO site. 

Restoration work on the gladiator domus at Pompeii has begun, five years  after it collapsed [Credit: Archaeological site of Pompeii] 

The gladiator domus, or Schola Armaturarum, on Pompeii's central Via dell'Abbondanza, was a building in which gladiators once kept their weapons and trained before battle. 

More recently, it was a site once much admired by visitors thanks to its stunning, military-themed frescoes. 

However, the impressive domus was transformed into a heap of rubble and dust on the morning of November 6th 2010, following a night of heavy rainfall.

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