Pompeii Brothel

Lupanare, the Brothel in Pompeii

Pompeii is the most famous of the ancient Roman towns preserved after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. What is not as well known is that Pompeii was home to brothels and the graphic sexual images that adorned their walls.

One such brothel, Lupanare, was built only a few years before the volcanic eruption. Much of the art shows sex acts that some archaeologists believe were advertisements of available services. However, it is also believed that the images may have shown an idealised version of what it was like to work in the brothel as it is believed many of the workers were slaves.

After a restoration, the brothel was opened to the public in 2006. When visiting Pompeii, make sure you visit the brothel and see the amazing well preserved art.

Pompeii brothel

Carvings of phalluses in the cobblestones would show the way to the brothel

Pompeii brothel
Pompeii brothel
Pompeii brothel
Pompeii brothel
Pompeii brothel
Pompeii brothel
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