House of Gladiators in Pompeii collapses

November 7th, 2010 - 3:37 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 7 (ANI): A house in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii has collapsed.

The House of the Gladiators was found in ruins when curators came to open the site to visitors early on Saturday, reports the BBC.

Culture Minister Sandro Bondi said some of the frescos on the house’s lower walls might have survived.

Antonio Varone, director of excavations at the site, said officials were “trying to preserve the last fragments”.

It is being said that recent heavy rains might have made the structure unstable.

The house, known as the Schola Armaturarum, was used by gladiators for training before fights in the nearby amphitheatre.

Pompeii was destroyed in AD79 when a volcanic eruption from nearby Mount Vesuvius buried the city in ash. It was not uncovered until the 18th Century. (ANI)

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