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Temple of Venus and other ancient ruins of Pompeii damaged

Published on Mar 3, 2014 6:57 PM
 
The damaged wall of a tomb at the ancient ruins of Pompeii, near Naples, southern Italy, on March 2, 2014. The Temple of Venus and walls of a tomb and shop in the long-neglected ruins of Pompeii near Naples have been damaged, possibly due to heavy rain, officials said on Monday, March 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

POMPEII, Italy (AFP) - The Temple of Venus and walls of a tomb and shop in the long-neglected ruins of Pompeii near Naples have been damaged, possibly due to heavy rain, officials said on Monday.

Custodians found that a two-metre wall of an ancient shop in the ruined city - which had recently been restored - had collapsed under the weight of another wall that crumbled onto it.

It followed the discovery Sunday that parts of an archway in the temple had fallen off and a wall in the necropolis - the biggest in the ancient Roman city - had tumbled down.

The areas affected have been closed the public.

 
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