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“Miniature Pompeii” discovered in old cinema in Verona


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An ancient Roman building has been found during excavations at a former cinema in the northern Italian city of Verona in what has been described as a “miniature Pompeii”.

With its “magnificent frescoed walls”, the building, which dates back to the second century, “evokes a miniature Pompeii”, said Verona’s archaeological superintendent, the department in charge of archaeology for the area.

“A fire seems to have put an end to the attendance of the complex,” the superintendent said. Despite the fire, “the environment was preserved intact, with the magnificent colours of the frescoed walls dating back to the second century”.

The discovery comes just over a year after a perfectly preserved Roman mosaic floor was found close to Verona.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/15/miniature-pompeii-found-beneath-former-cinema-verona

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