The history of Pompeii will be on display at the renovated Archaeological Museum of Vani


In one of this year’s most anticipated exhibits, the newly renovated Vani Archaeological Museum in western Georgia opens on Sunday with an exhibit of exhibits depicting the life and death of the Roman city from Pompeii.

Compiled by the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, the body responsible for the preservation and promotion of the remarkable site in Italy, the exhibition presents viewers with marble sculptures, glass cutlery and casts of those who died during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD lava, among its objects.

The selected exhibits come from those unearthed over the past three centuries at the site of Pompeii – the location which became a highlight for the study of ancient history when it was discovered in 1748, and served to reconstruct the daily life of Roman provincial towns in ancient times.

“Life and Death” marks the last phase of the collaborations of the Georgian National Museums Network with Italian cultural places and institutions. Photo: Annie Davarashvili.

Visitors have the opportunity to see the well-known samples of wall paintings and multiple archaeological objects found in various parts of the houses of Pompeii and some villas in the Vesuvius region.

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Exhibits include a famous cast of a couple whose remains were discovered in a hugging position at the site of their deaths in the city, a scene that has immortalized the legend of Pompeii around the world.

Candelabras and torches used by the citizens of the Roman city, bronze sculptures of religious and mythological figures, gold accessories, objects of daily use and wealth are some of the other attractions selected for the exhibition.

Works of art, objects and scenes from Pompeii have been recovered or reconstructed since the discovery of the remains of the city in the mid-18th century. Photo: Annie Davarashvili.

The GNM preview for the show said it was “symbolic” that the Vani Museum – a historic town presented to international archaeological and historical communities in the 1990s by the late archaeologist Otar Lordkipanidze in as “Pompeii of Georgia” – would become the one who will welcome the Life and death display.

The exhibit will be the first non-permanent exhibit at the Vani site after its renovation which was completed last year, with GNM Managing Director David Lordkipanidze calling the location “an important cultural and educational center”. It is now dedicated to the task of exhibiting the riches of the ancient kingdom of Colchis in western Georgia.

Located at 32, rue Lordkipanidze in Vani, Life and Death – Glory of Pompeii will be presented between July 18 and mid-September.


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