Pompei is the city where Pagan and Christian worlds coexist at a very short distance, however, the beliefs also have very different ideas and aspirations. Pompei is a very rich city starting from an artistic and historical point of view thanks to its monuments, art, and archeological ruins. Tourists from all around the world are attracted by one of the richest ancient Roman cities and on another side the Christian spirituality which also attracts many pilgrims to the Pontifical Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei. Modern Pompei is mainly famous for the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, which is located in the Pompei Scavi Zone. The vast archeological area is also under the Unesco patronage and attracts over 3.5 million tourists yearly from all around the world, making it the sixth most visited archaeological site in the world. Till this day, there are many who are not aware that there has been a new city constructed after it was rediscovered in the 18th century and that there are actually roughly twenty five thousand inhabitants. The city also has a strategic geographic position, just a few kilometers from Naples and Salerno, near Ercolano, Sorrento Coast and Amalfi Coast, also the isle of Capri can be seen from Pompei. Pompei is mostly known for the catastrophic event that occurred in 79AD, the eruption of the Volcano Vesuvio which at the end of the eruption, left the city buried under millions of tons of volcanic ash and killed 16.000 people overall causing the eradication of an entire population. Although some people drifted back to town in search of survivors or belongings, there was nothing left to find. The ancient city of Pompeii was one of the richest towns of the Roman Empire, and was already a very popular touristic city destination even 2000 years ago. It was especially popular considering it used to be a coastal area, which made many country officials and wealthy people want to visit it or make their homes there.
If we think of Pompei we cannot help but run our minds to its houses, objects, frescoes, wonderful testimonies that this crystallised city has left us over time as a legacy. However, alongside this extraordinary '' material '' legacy there is another one we tend to dwell on less in our visits.
We refer to all that patrimony of painted or graffitied inscriptions on the walls of Pompeii which, together with the frescoes, a fortuitous playout of fate, give us the image of a "living" city, made up of feelings and passions, a city that people sensitive to art and life, love it so much precisely because it tells us how we have been, how we continue to be and how, perhaps, we will be forever.
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