This luxe estate survived earthquakes, floods, fires, and the fall of the Roman empire with its impressive collection of artwork intact.
A luxurious estate in the Sicilian countryside dating back to the late Roman empire, Villa Romana del Casale has survived earthquakes, floods, fires, and the fall of the empire with its impressive collection of mosaics intact. It remains one of the most valuable historical and artistic sites connected to the late Imperial age.
The villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built between the third and fourth centuries A.D. The building has an intricate layout, with more than 50 rooms and a sumptuous bath complex, signifying the wealth and power of its owners, whose identities are unknown. Although the building was partially destroyed by an earthquake in the 12th century, the mosaics adorning nearly every room were preserved by a mudslide and survived in nearly pristine condition until they were rediscovered by archeologists some 700 years later. They remain one of the finest collections of Roman tile work in the world.
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