Legendary house with erotic frescoes opened in Pompeii

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 Legendary house with erotic frescoes opened in Pompeii

The historic House of the Vettii, covered in erotic frescoes, has reopened to the public after 20 years of closure due to extensive renovations.

"Pompei's Sistine Chapel" located 16 miles south of Naples.

Presumably, the residence belonged to two people freed from slavery, Aulus Vettius Conviva and Aulus Vettius Restitutu. Once free, they made a fortune selling wine.

The house was built in the second century BC. It was buried under the ashes during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which is why it was well preserved until the residence was excavated between 1894 and 1896.

It was closed in 2016 as part of a massive restoration project. The Archaeological Park of Pompeii, announcing the opening, said that the House of the Vettii is always included in guides to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and books on ancient art thanks to its unusual frescoes and phallic sculptures.

“Next to the right side of the door, towards the atrium, is the figure of Priapus, who, with his gigantic penis, must have indicated the well-being and wealth of the inhabitants of the house. The figure weighs his penis on the balance; as a counterbalance, on the other side, there is a bag full of money,” the park reports.

The complex clarified that prostitution was probably engaged in this house in ancient times.

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