The photomosaics 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 dell’Abbondanza. 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 activity.
This project has been established to accurately record the building frontages of the structures on the 900 meter-long Via dell’Abbondanza 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 possible.