30. Pompeii – A City Frozen In Time
Founded in 600 BC, the city of Pompeii was a bustling port in its heyday with plenty of bars, bakeries, and baths for its 20,000 residents. Unfortunately in 79 AD, a sudden eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a nearby Volcano, almost instantly buried the entire city, killing almost all of its inhabitants in a flash.
This tragic fate of Pompeii now gives archaeologists a priceless look into the life and times of a typical ancient Italian city in the Roman Empire. The ash from the volcano perfectly preserved the city’s architecture, artifacts, and even a loaf of bread!