Slovenian Pompeii: A Unique Discovery by Archaeologists in Celje

The treasury of Slovenia’s national culture has been replenished with a new unique find. In its value, it is comparable to the heritage of the ancient city of Pompeii, which was destroyed in 79 AD as a result of the Vesuvius eruption.

During the repair and restoration work on the Museum Square (Musejski trg), in the historic centre of Celje, more than 55 thousand fragments of frescoes from the Ancient Rome era were discovered including the image of the God of Love – Amur. The fragments are perfectly preserved and are currently under restoration.

The images on the frescoes describe the life of the antique Celeja, where patricians interested in mythology and poetry lived in a luxurious house. Samples of painting belong to the third and fourth Pompeian style of the ancient Roman mural painting.

The Ministry of Culture of Slovenia estimated the find as a discovery of exceptional value and allocated funds for the conservation and restoration of precious frescoes.