23.11.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General offers UNESCO’s expertise to Italy

© UNESCO/Matthieu Guevel - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with Giovanni Puglisi, Chairman of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, looking at old Hebrew Manuscripts at the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome, on 22 November 2010, during her first official visit to the country

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has offered UNESCO’s support to Italian authorities to investigate the collapse of the Schola Armaturarum (Gladiator’s House) at Pompeii and identify potential threats and possible measures to avoid a repetition of such incidents.

“It is our paramount concern to safeguard this precious heritage for future generations,” said The Director-general, during an official visit to Italy on 22 November 2010. “UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre will send a team of experts to Pompeii in the coming weeks to assess the situation and provide technical support and expertise wherever needed.”

The Schola Armaturarum is among the most emblematic buildings at the archaeological site of Pompeii, which was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. It’s believed gladiators used to train in the building before their fights in a nearby amphitheatre.

The archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997.

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