Destroyed by Volcanic Eruptions, Ancient City of Pompeii Rediscovered With 190,000 Legos

By: | February 4th, 2015

Pompeii was a resort town in the Roman Empire near modern Naples in Italy. The town was buried under some 25 feet of volcanic material by the eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

The town wasn’t rediscovered until 1748 when excavations started in the area. Archaeologists excavating the areas of the ancient town found a number of buildings, artifacts, and skeletons intact under molten ash and debris.

After numerous attempts to portray Pompeii through films and paintings, this famed Italian location is now immortalized in Legos.

Largest Model of the Ancient City Ever Built Out of Lego Blocks

Nicholson Museum in Sydney, Australia recently commissioned Ryan McNaught – nicknamed ‘The Brickman’ – to recreate this ancient city entirely from Lego bricks. He used more than 190,000 Legos and took around 470 hours to complete the work.

This stunning model is on display at Nicholson Museum of Sydney University. The model shows how Pompeii would have looked at the time of destruction in 79 AD. It also shows how it looked when it was rediscovered in 1700s as well as its present form.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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