Ruins of Pompeii opened to the public after extensive restoration - and they are full of wonders

In 2013, UNESCO officials threatened to strip Pompeii of its World Heritage status due to the risk of total destruction due to lack of proper maintenance. Landslides, landslides and floods threatened to destroy the famous ruins, but in 2014 a large-scale restoration project worth more than $ 113 million began, which literally breathed life into the ancient city. And now, finally, the first visitors can see the renewed Pompeii, along with new wonderful discoveries.

Pompeii has historically become a storehouse of artifacts and secrets, because the city was littered with volcanic ash, which for 2000 years became a kind of armor - the robbers of antiquity did not have enough resources to get to its secrets. An international team of archaeologists, engineers, geologists, architects and workers coped with this task. They dug up several blocks, cleaned up ancient frescoes, and strengthened ancient vaults.

Ashes act as a preservative, which is why work in Pompeii is always full of surprises. So, in 2018, an inscription was found here, which clearly indicates that the city was destroyed after October 17, 79 AD, and not August 24, as previously thought. And in the building of the local tavern, there was an amazing fresco of a gladiator triumphant over the enemy. Perhaps it was a place of leisure for fighters, and not an ordinary tavern.

Visitors may also like the "domus" - the residences of the nobility, where the most beautiful and large-scale frescoes have been preserved. The House of Gardens with images of gardens and songbirds, as well as the House of Europe with images of merchant ships are open for visiting. Restoration work will continue, experts say that there is no end to them at all - in fact, they need to restore the whole city.