Pompeii is in a state of collapse [literally] from a heritage point of view, fueled by what many say is the systematic neglect by the Italian government in Rome. Â As the ancient city ofÂ Pompeii continues to collapse, the world may be witnessing a second Fall of a Roman Empire, but at the hands of those who wish to exploit it's prestige.
Pompeii's Collapse - What's behind the Further Fall of the Roman Empire?
According to sources in Rome, several more walls inÂ Pompeii have collapsed at the aging archaeological site. Â The very popular tourist draw has been under a state of decay for quite some time. Â Oddly enough, government officials challenged with preserving such a marvel of art are under fire for neglecting its upkeep. Â Instead of a hefty budget for ongoing upkeep of the site, the government is more focused on concerts and venues that have no relation to the history of its aging relic.
Critics say that the Italian government, instead of putting measures in place to protect the collapsing relic, they displace funds for the support of entertainment venues with a larger capital draw. Â The continued neglect and down-playing of the severity of the matter is contributing toÂ Pompeii's collapse.
Pompeii's Collapse - What Can Be Done to Save What's Remaining?
The good news [if there is any] is thatÂ Pompeii, in 1997, was declared a World Heritage site. Â The benefit is that the distinction means itsÂ deterioration would be "a harmful impoverishment" to the world. Â As such, UNESCO, a world watchdog and supporter for archaeological heritage sites such as Pompeii, is stepping in to lend a hand.
Officials from the organization will visit the site of the Pompeii's collapse and determine the proper course of action to take to salvage what is remaining. Â It's no secret that the crumbling city of Pompeii, even if its under a collapse, is a large tourist draw. Â As many as 3 million visitors brave the elements to get a glimpse of what life was before the ancient city was destroyed and buried under ash by Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
UNESCO, in partnership with advocacy groups will attempt to create a paradigm shift back towards preservation before the city and its history returns to the ash that buried it.
Luckily, a small volume of precious art and fresco still remains, and without this, the ongoing story of life in Pompeii fades with the collapsing city.