Pompeii’s iconic House of Lovers to re-open to public for first time in 40 years

One of Pompeii's iconic landmarks is set to re-open to the public for the first time in 40 years.

The ancient city's House of Lovers had always been a hit with visitors thanks to its impressive ruins and artefacts.

Unfortunately in 1980 it suffered extensive damage as a result of the Irpinia earthquake, a devastating quake which had a magnitude of 6.9 and left at least 2,400 people dead.

Because of the damage done to the ruins, including the building structures, authorities were forced to close it to the public.

In 2014, it became part of the Great Pompeii project, a wider effort to restore and safeguard the ancient city.

Since then it has undergone a host of restorations – and it's now set to re-open to the public.  

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The House of Lovers is sure to be a hit with history fans thanks to its breathtaking offerings, including the remains of a colonnaded garden on its second floor.

There are also plenty of paintings and artefacts that offer a glimpse into the daily workings of Pompeii, before the ancient city was buried in 79AD after nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Restoration and conservation efforts have included the roof and floors, while the site's atrium will become an exhibition showcasing some of the objects found in the house.

The landmark was first uncovered back in 1933, and takes its name from a verse engraved into the building which reads, 'Lovers lead, like bees, a life as sweet as honey'.

Although no official date has been confirmed, a statement from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism revealed that it will be re-opened as soon as the finishing touches are applied.

Minister Dario Franceschini said in a statement on Twitter: "Today the safety of the Great Pompeii Project ends, but the work will never end here.

"The state will continue to stay close to the World Heritage Site with resources, staff, support. Pompeii will always require maintenance and research."

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