Pompeii Images, Pictures and Photos

Your visual guide to Pompeii in 79 A.D.

Bay of Naples, 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius erupted in one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in European history (witnessed and documented by Pliny the Younger) ultimately releasing 100,000 times the thermal energy of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings.

 

Pompeii Image at the moment of the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D.79 showing residents fleeing in the streets near the large theatre
Pompeii Image at the moment of the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D.79 showing residents fleeing in the streets near the large theatre. Chromolithograph by Dietrich / © Florilegius / Bridgeman Images
 
 
 
 
 
Following the Vesuvius eruption, a thick layer of ash and debris covered everything in Pompeii. Because of its chemical makeup, the volcanic ash acted as a preservation blanket that, once removed, uncovered stunning mosaics and brightly coloured frescoes.
 
Montage of Pompeii images and photos of mosaics and frescoes found in Ancient Pompeii
Montage of Pompeii images and photos of mosaics and frescoes found in Ancient Pompeii

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Impressively preserved casted bodies of young women, men, and even a dog, all Pompeian victims of the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.  

 Montage of Ancient Pompeii images and photos of victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D.
Montage of Ancient Pompeii images and photos of victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D.

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Streets, houses, statues, road signs, everyday objects, beautiful jewellery, a plate of food, a comb: the symbols of the daily life of ancient Romans are forever crystallized in Pompeii by the Vesuvian eruption.
 
Montage of Ancient Pompeii images and photos of everyday life
Montage of Ancient Pompeii images and photos of everyday life

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Throughout the centuries, artists and authors were captivated by the tragic history and the dramatic end of Pompeii and they produced a wealth of painting, images and illustrations of everyday life and the last days of Pompeii.

 

Montage of Ancient Pompeii images and photos depicting artists’ reconstruction of the last days of Pompeii
Montage of Ancient Pompeii images and photos depicting artists’ reconstruction of the last days of Pompeii
 
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