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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > January-March 2018 (81) > Africa’s answer to Pompeii

Africa’s answer to Pompeii

Stuart Butler reflects on his journey in Algeria to visit some of the finest but least-known Roman sites in existence

I’m sure that many of you will know what I’m talking about when I say that I can still recall the wonder I felt as a child when first hearing about the Roman town of Pompeii and how it was famously buried under volcanic ash clouds. Even back then, it was a place that I longed to visit one day.

In my case it took many years until that chance came, but finally, early last autumn, as the first wisps of winter wrapped around southern Italy, I found myself in Pompeii. And yet, after all those years of waiting, Pompeii left me cold. It was just too sterile and, despite the murky winter weather, the thousands of other tourists I shared the site with gave me no chance for quiet contemplation.

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