Pompeii

The ancient Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed about 2000 years ago.  Its remains and relics have been excavated and preserved as a favorite tourist attraction of modern Italy.  For hundreds of years its streets were busy with wheeled vehicles which left ruts carved deeply into the stone surfaces.  They also featured speed-bumps as may be seen in several images. The city was perched on a plateau and surrounded with high walls which did little to protect it from several feet of volcanic dust which smothered it and most of its inhabitants on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.  The relief map shows a magnificent walled city before its complete destruction.

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