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I am glad we visited the National Archaeological Museum in Naples the day before we visited Herculanuem, as it had given me the leisure to appreciate close up some of the details of the art and craftsmanship that had gone into the frescoes and mosaics before being stunned by the scale and import of this town that was swallowed by Vesuvius. I am also glad that we left seeing the skeletal remains of it's citizens who had died under the arches on what was once the shore before the eruption buried their town. Whilst walking around the buildings one can imagine people living there and almost forget how they also died,but seeing the skeletons in there huddled masses brings home the horror of the cataclysm.
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