During the times of Ancient Rome, Pompeii was a major resort city. However in 79AD, the destruction of Pompeii took place when the Volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the glorious city under the thick carpet of ash. Here are some historical facts about Pompeii destruction and you can expand your knowledge by taking a look at these Pompeii facts.
- Mount Vesuvius volcano was just a few miles away from the city of Pompeii, and the residents didn’t even know that it was a volcano.
- Pompeii population was estimated around 15,000 and about 2000 people died in the disaster.
- The eruption took place on 24 August, one day after the festival of Vulcanalia.
- Mount Vesuvius is considered to be the most dangerous Volcano in the world and is among the few active Volcanoes in Europe.
- The disastrous eruption in 79 AD lasted for 24 hours.
- A Roman writer, Pliny the younger, witnessed the whole eruption and his uncle lost his life trying to safe the people of Pompeii.
- The city was rediscovered in 1748. A team of travelers arrived in Campania searching for ancient artifacts and began to dig. Hundreds of well-preserved artifacts were found.
- Pompeii is now a major explorers attraction and visited by the 2 million people every year.
Catacombs Paris Facts
Many people do not know the Paris Catacombs history “Empire of the Dead” is the underground city of about 6 million Paris’s dead. It is the world of dark filled with skulls and bones with congested tunnels. It is the largest historic mass graveyard in the world but still fascinating for the visitors. Here are some Catacombs Paris facts that are creepy and interesting with the fascinating history.
- The catacombs of Paris were built because the graveyards were overflowed near the areas of Paris and the bones were moved to the tunnels and packed into the tunnel walls.
- There are many secret entrances to the Persian catacombs. But a small portion is open for the visitors.
- There are miles and miles of tunnels, about 200, and without the experienced tourist guide, it is possible to get lost.
- During World War 2, the Resistance used the tunnels to hide them from Nazis.
- The depth of catacombs Paris is 20 meters.
- The catacombs are also called “ Cemetery of innocent people”.
- In 1793, a guy named Philibert Aspairt, got lost and died in the catacombs and his dead body found after 11 years. He was buried at the place he was found.
- You can take a 45 minutes tour and it covers a tiny 1.2-mile long portion.