NAPLES, Italy – The Pompeii Archaeological Park announced on Thursday that a complex of spaces known as the Schola Armaturarum would re-open to visitors following restoration as part of a wider project to see the site transition into a museum-like space.
Restorers working on the Pompeii park on Thursday unveiled the refurbished frescos of the Armaturarum – a space thought to have been the headquarters of a military association – which had suffered great damage after it collapsed on Nov. 6, 2010.
“From the metaphor of the Italian inability to take care of a precious place which belongs to all humanity, the reopening of the Schola Armaturarum represents a symbol of redemption for the results reached at Pompeii with the Great Pompeii Project and, more generally, a sign of hope for the future of our cultural heritage,” Director General of the Pompeii Park Massimo Osanna said.
“Since that collapse in November 2010, whose media resonance led to a chorus of international indignation, a new awareness of the fragility of Pompeii was established, along with the necessity of beginning a process of conservation, consisting not only of extraordinary and episodic interventions, but above all of care and daily attention,” Osanna added.
Recent excavations of the Armaturarum unearthed weapons and amphorae – ancient jars – containing traces of oil, wine, and produce from across the Mediterranean suggesting the room stored goods for official events and celebrations.
Visitors will be able to visit the Armaturarum every Thursday and get guided tours from the team working on the site, a move the Pompeii Park said was part of a wider initiative towards the “musealisation” of the site where enthusiasts would be able to soak up the ancient artworks and architecture in situ.
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near the modern city of Naples in south-west Italy.
The ancient city was obliterated and shrouded in a cloud of deadly gases, ash and molten rock following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which to this day is considered one of the most deadly eruptions in European history.