Wednesday 16 August 2017

Pompeii entrance temporarily closed by fallen stone

The Roman city of Pompeii
The Roman city of Pompeii

An entrance to Pompeii and access to some of its sites has been closed after a piece of stone fell from a support column in an ancient house, the latest collapse to plague the popular tourist site.

Pompeii officials said in a statement on Saturday that access to the Romulus and Remus house was temporarily suspended and that the Porta Marina entrance has been closed as a precaution. Visitors were being allowed to enter through another gate.

The ancient Roman city, encased in volcanic ash near Mount Vesuvius, has suffered numerous collapses of walls and buildings in recent years, attracting international attention to Italy's difficulties in maintaining its cultural treasures.

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