17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
As the Sun Sets on Civilization

This photo was taken as the sun set over Pompei, a thriving ancient Roman city destroyed by Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD. Now, Pompei is known for its iconic ruins and this photo captures a statue left behind that embodies the civilization’s spirit.

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Date Taken: 04.2019
Date Uploaded: 05.2019
Photo Location: Pompei, Italy
Copyright: © Pavitra Krishnamani