PHOTO: Frigidarium of the Stabian Baths in Pompeii, Italy

After using the hot and warm baths, bathers finished with a dip in the cold pool in this Frigidarium at the Stabian Baths in Pompeii

After using the hot and warm baths, visitors to the Stabian Baths in Pompeii finished with a dip in the cold pool in this Frigidarium. The room is circular with four semi-circular niches. The walls were decorated with garden scenes and the domed ceiling was painted blue to represent the sky. These were the oldest … Read more

PHOTO: Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii, Italy

Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii is notable for the extensive frescoes that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Though their purpose has been hotly debated, the consensus is that they were used to instruct young women about to be married

Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii are among the most notable that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Though their purpose has been hotly debated, informational literature provided at Pompeii stated that they were likely used to instruct young women about to be married.