A Roman villa modelled on excavations found in Pompeii was built by the Bavarian King Ludwig I the 1840s. The Villa shows what home life in Roman times was like. It is complete with ancient Roman paintings and sculptures. The king got the idea of building the Pompejanum after a visit to Pompeii, believing it would be a great benefit to his subjects who were, unable to undertake a journey to Pompeii for themselves to see what Roman villas had really been like. Visitors who step into the Pompejanum through its grand stone entrance find themselves transported back 2000 years into the world of a Roman nobleman. Lofty white and terracotta columns surround its central courtyard which has a sunken mosaic floor. Around it, the walls and ceilings are decorated with Roman paintings in strong and mellow tones of terracotta, just as the originals in Pompeii were. Marble busts and statues of Roman gods and other mythical figures provide more decoration, together with smaller figures in bronze. The only concession to Bavarian weather is a glass roof over the atrium.

Museum: Pompejanum
City: Aschaffenburg
Country: Germany
Address: Via Enrico de Nicola 79
Website: http://www.antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de/