The House of the Faun
The archaeological site of the Pompeii excavations, not far from the Gulf of Naples, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Pompeii, once a thriving Roman city, was covered by about six meters of ash and pumice during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
This is one of the main attractions of the archaeological site. It is a Roman-era house (dating back to the 3rd-2nd century BC) that was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
Facts & Trivia
It is one of the largest residences in the city, and it is believed to have belonged to a rather important Roman nobleman. It owes its name to the bronze statue of a satyr located in the impluvium. The house also houses the wonderful mosaic depicting the victory of Alexander the Great over Darius and the Persians, composed of approximately one and a half million tesserae.
The owner wanted to show off his wealth, which is why the outdoor spaces are much larger than the living areas. At the entrance, there is an inscription reading Have, which is a greeting in Latin, a refined language not spoken by the people who used the Osco language.