The photomosaics (click on image above) created as part of The Via dell'Abbondanza Project, present a unique view of the building facades that cannot otherwise be seen because of the narrow width of the streets, as shown below.
Almost every visitor to Pompeii has
strolled along some part of the Via dellAbbondanza. Two thousand years
ago it was a major thoroughfare running across the city, from the Forum
to the Sarno Gate. There is probably no other street that better
depicts the diverse lives of the people who lived in this ancient city.
This World Heritage site is under constant threat of
deterioration from exposure to the elements, millions of visitors each
year and potential catastrophic damage from seismic and volcanic
This project has been established to accurately record
the building frontages of the structures on the 900 meter-long Via dellAbbondanza
and is being conducted under the auspices of the Soprintendenza
Archeologica di Pompei. State-of-the-art surveying, photographic and
computer equipment are used to create photomosaics that document the
current condition of the structures.
These records will become
part of the permanent archives and provide important information to
archaeologists, conservationists and historians for the study and
analyses of these ancient structures that are deteriorating over time. Comparisons
with early 20th century excavation records of the street will also be