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Earth of fire

Actualité volcanique, Article de fond sur étude de volcan, tectonique, récits et photos de voyage

Publié par Bernard Duyck
Publié dans : #Actualités volcaniques

Following the collapse of the House of Gladiators in November 2010, the Figaro magazine headline " The Second Death of Pompeii ." For three years, Pompeii was the scene of many incidents, such as the fall of a pillar of an outdoor pergola of the home Loreius Tiburtinus in December 2011, preceded by spectacular collapses sections of wall in the House of Gladiators and that of the Moralist . In September 2012, is a support beam of the tiles roof that had sold in the famous Villa dei Misteri .

"Pompéi, l'histoire tombe en ruines" - article et photo Libération.fr

"Pompéi, l'histoire tombe en ruines" - article et photo Libération.fr

Video Figaro Magazine 2010.

Inadequate monitoring , damage by tourists, illegal construction , erosion, Pompeii , victim of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD and protected for centuries by the ashes,  will see his story fall into ruin again ?

The Big Pompeii Project , with 105 million of euros , part of which provided by the European Union, must address the carelessness which suffers the site, however, listed since 1997 as World Heritage of Humanity.

However, there is money to Pompeii : In addition to regional funds ( always late ) and European funds,recipes provided by paid admissions by more than two million annual visitors " have fueled t
he mafia of concrete at the expense of preservation of the site "said Mr. A.Orlando , director of the NGO / Observatory of Cultural Heritage .

 Pompeii Villa dei Misteri - photo Musei Italiani .

Pompeii Villa dei Misteri - photo Musei Italiani .

Pompeii was placed in 2008 under the responsibility of the Civil Protection agency in charge of natural disasters. The appointment of the special commissioner M.Fiori for the site management dispossessed the superintendence and permits to derogate to the public market's procedures . Prosecutors in Naples has charged on Feb. 5 the former Commissioner M.Fiori for corruption, repeated abuse of power, fraud, inflated bills and fraud at the expense of the state. Culminating in the work begun in 2010 to restore the ancient theater of Pompeii to accommodate performances ... by pouring cement on the ancient steps, and disfiguring this place for a price 400 times higher than the initial cost estimate . Added to this, are the construction of concrete sheds , never used, or the galleries flanking a front door , having never served .

And that's not counting the invasive bureaucracy , waltz of officers , diversion of funds for maintenance in favor of a policy of promoting various forums !

Pompeii, the Great theater - photo Sylvhem 2011.

Pompeii, the Great theater - photo Sylvhem 2011.

 Herculaneum, Roman house decoration - photo Antony Van Eeten

Herculaneum, Roman house decoration - photo Antony Van Eeten

Unlike what happens in Herculaneum , where thanks to the patronage of David W.Packard , an American passionate of archeology, three million dollars are invested annually since 2004, with expertise and intelligence. Rehabilitation of underground channels, clogged with ash, have allowed this city located in a depression, to be no longer flooded by rainwater , and remains to be preserved .

Will the Big Pompeii Project resist to the machinations of the Camorra ?


Sources:
 Media: Figaro Magazine , Liberation, The Express, The Cultural World

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