The Temple of Jupiter is located at the north end of the Forum, which is the economic, religious and policital center of Pompeii (just like our downtown today).  Behind the temple ruins is the massive Mount Vesuvius, which in August 24, 79 A.D erupted and covered the entire city with 20 feet of earth and ash killing its almost 11,000 inhabitants and erasing its very existence. Exploration of Pompeii first began in 1748 and to this date, archeologists continue to excavate and discover various parts of this ancient city. Pompeii (and Ephesus in Turkey) remains to me as the greatest places on earth I have ever visited. If you get the chance to visit Naples, Italy, don’t ever miss to drop by the ruins of the city of Pompeii.


  1. Thank you for liking “Through the Dark Woods” and “Sunset Reflections.” Great photo! 🙂 For me, the background of Mount Vesuvius partially shrouded in clouds and mist emphasizes just how ancient these ruins are.

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      • You are welcome. I understand your impression of Pompeii when I think about what happened there. I cringe at the thought of being buried alive in hot volcanic ash the way some of the residents of Pompeii were long ago. I also think about the destructive power of Nature when I see natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

        Thanks for liking “Storm Clouds” as well, and I hope you have a Happy New Year! 🙂

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