The explicit frescoes at this ancient brothel provided visual 'inspiration' for clients. Once ready, visitors would indulge in one of the five rooms on the ground floor, each complete with a stone bed and latrine. Scan the walls for declarations of love and hope, written in various languages by the brothel's workers.

It is assumed that the five rooms on the upper floor housed the brothel's owner and prostitutes.

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1. Terme Stabiane

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2. Ruins of Pompeii

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3. Macellum


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4. Foro

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A huge rectangle flanked by limestone columns, the foro was ancient Pompeii's main piazza, as well as the site of gladiatorial games before the Anfiteatro…

5. Tempio di Giove

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6. Tempio di Iside

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The pre-Roman Tempio di Iside was a popular place of cult worship.

8. Teatro Grande

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