The 2,000-year-old “House of Gladiators” in Pompeii has collapsed on the weekend. This comes hot on the heels of a wave of a criticism regarding neglect of the site.
They said the stone house, on the main street of the world-famous archaeological site and measuring several hundred square yards, collapsed just after dawn while the site was closed. Custodians discovered the collapse when they opened the site.
The structure was believed to be where gladiators gathered and trained and used as a club house before going to battle in a nearby amphitheater in the city that was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Known officially by its Latin name “Schola Armaturarum Juventus Pompeiani,” the structure was not open to visitors but was visible from the outside as tourists walked along one of the ancient city’s main streets.