Holy Vesuvius! Pompeii explodes in Philly just before film premiere starring game of thrones' kit harington
Volcano lovers take note. Just in time to cull interest from the upcoming film, Pompeii (starring Game of Thrones' Kit Harington) Philadelphia's Franklin Institute opens One Day in Pompeii on November 9, bringing hundreds of ash-caked artifacts to US audiences for the first time.
The Franklin Institute partnered with Premier Exhibitions and the Italian Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Pompeii to ship over more than 150 artifacts from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. The exhibit includes twelve relics of that famous disaster which are make their North American debut at the exhibit, which runs until April of 2014.
For armchair travelers this might be the only opportunity to see the famous full body ash casts made when Vesuvius spewed molten lava and hot ash on the Roman resort city of Pompeii back in AD 79. These impressions show victims in often tragic states of surprise, resignation and frozen horror. The exhibition also includes artifacts, jewelry and other ancient treasures that are normally never allowed to leave Italy.
History and Italy buffs might remember that the state of the actual site of Pompeii has been called into question recently. A state of emergency at the site was called in 2008 by the Italian government and this February the European Union said it would give $56 million to UNESCO to help restore and better conserve the historical treasure. But the site itself might be facing access issues for travelers in the near future and there's no certainty about how much of the fragile treasure can be left open for the future.
Would you like to spend One Day in Pompeii (even if it was your last?) with Kit Harington?