Lupanar, Pompeii

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    Lupanare

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    The Lupanare was an house built on two floors that you can see very well nowadays. The use of this house is revealed by the beautiful erotic paintings and by the graffiti that you can admire on the interior walls. The paintings show the "services" that were offered to the clients in the cellae (with the the bed) that you can see on the ground floor.

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    Via Lupanare

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    Via Lupanare is located on the west side of the Terme Stabiane. It is a typical street of Pompeii. At the beginning you can see a big stone in the middle of the street: it is an ancient pedestrian passage and you can see signs left by the wheels of the wagons. Along this street you can see the hospitium Sittii which was a modest hotel, some houses (one with an interesting fresco (a snake?) on the facade) and the Lupanare (See the following tip).

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    The Brothel

    by ruki Written Oct 2, 2005

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    Some of the most fascinating clues about the lives of the ancient peoples who made their lives in Pompeii can be found in the numerous brothels in the city. It is an indication of the prosperity of the city -- people had money to burn. Here is one example of the Pompeian "houses of ill repute".
    The architecture and external appearance of the building are to me its most interesting features. Because of the overhang on the upper level, it looks like it could have been constructed in the Middle Ages instead of during the first century.

    The erotic frescoes that line the interior of the building are quite well preserved. The paintings point to the use of the building, but there are more clues in the interior layout. As you enter the building you will find yourself in a long rectangular chamber or hallway. Along each side of the chamber are small cubicles. Evidently these cubicles are the spaces where the ladies would "conduct their work".

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    The Brothels

    by mallyak Written Aug 25, 2008

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    The lupanar was the official brothel of Pompeii. As a trading town, it was visited every day by large numbers of people, especially traders from other towns.
    The brothel is situated at the intersection of two side roads on Via dell’Abbondanza near the town centre, not far from the Forum and the Stabian Baths (which had a rear entrance on the Vicolo del Lupanare

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    The Lupanar or the brothel of Pompeii

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Jun 11, 2007

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    The Lupanar was the biggest brothel in Pompeii and while it was probably the most popular back then, it still is quite the same today. Tourists would flock in huge numbers to queue to get into the Lupanar to view the small rooms with stone beds and the naughty frescoes or erotic drawings on the wall that depict the types of services on offer. Scribbles or graffiti on the walls were left behind by clients to have their say be it accolades, curses, stick drawings or poetry

    The building itself is quite unique whereby it sits in the corner of two streets and built as a double storey house with the upper floor extended a little more than the ground floor thus creating an overhang for customers to avoid getting wet while queuing outside in the rain. This was proven when I was there as 20 or so visitors were queuing to get into the Lupanar when it rained!

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    The Brothel

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 15, 2009

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    Yes, Pompeiians also had that type of amousements :)
    It has separted small rooms with stone beds (how unconfortable!) You find frescos on the wall with spicy scenes of the ancient ways of... well you know! :)
    This is one of the top spots tourists look for when visiting the ruins.

    Facade of the Brothel

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    Brothels

    by roamer61 Written May 6, 2009

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    Some of the mot interesting remains are those of the brothels. These are places where men would go to have a good time with prostitutes. In Pompeii, there were a number of these and in a few, there are good examples of erotic frescoes remaining.

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    The Brothel: The "Real" Pompeii

    by wilocrek Updated Apr 4, 2008

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    Yeah, its true, there was a brothel in Pompeii. Apparently these people really knew how to party!While the brothel is not on the visitor map they pass out at the entrance, if you look hard enough you will find it. Much like any modern day brothel you must look for a place thats located down a dark, winding street, away from the "nicer" part of town. I have a feeling most of the guys will have no trouble finding Pompeii's brothel, for you clean living ladies just follow your man! The brothel itself is dark, cramped and filled with little rooms that have fossilized beds in them. Above each room is a pornographic fresco of the different positions and services that were offered at the time. Historians have yet to say if any parties were "caught" in the act during the eruption. Though many historians agree that there may have been minor eruptions in that part of town previous to Vesuvius erupting.

    Down a dark and windy street will you find it!

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    Pompeii Brothels

    by Venturingnow Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Brothels and erotic frescos are pretty important parts of Pompeii. Unlike most of the buildings at Pompeii, this one has been extensively rebuilt--though there still isn't much to see inside, although it is very interesting to know that in 75AD, there were brothels.

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    Ancient Porn in Pompeii

    by jumpingnorman Updated Sep 29, 2014

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    Pompeii was famous for its brothels and a "phallic symbol" on the street walls points to where these establishments were. The Lupanar of Pompeii is the most famous brothel in the ruined Roman city of Pompeii. It is of particular interest for the erotic paintings on its walls.
    Tired and stressed Romans who needed to relax went to these places, and the roads in front of it have deeply grooved "tracks", meaning that many carts wheeled by this place (lucrative business). The walls inside are adorned by a menu of "positions" from which clients may choose. The bed looks very small though, haha....but it's amazing that these erotic paintings have been preserved but I do think the color might completely erode someday as it is exposed to the elements.

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    The Lupanar

    by sim1 Updated Dec 30, 2003

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    Hahaha, this is a place most people go to see when they are in Pompeii. The Lupanar... or in other words, the brothel, as you can probably understand when you take a good look at the picture.

    The lupanar had 10 stone beds with mattresses, each bed set in its own small room. On the doors to the rooms there are illustrated scenes of sexual acts advertising the 'specialities' of the resident prostitutes.

    The Lupanar

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  • Lupanar

    by pammywammy Written Jan 14, 2014

    It may not be listed on visitor guide but our tour guide took us there. Wow! Was amazing! Took several pictures. Not allowed to use flash but wasn't needed. Pompeii itself was amazing. Sin City for sure!

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    The Evil Eye and the House of Ill Repute

    by hquittner Written Jun 2, 2014

    Many homes have large paintings on the walls near the entrance to the home of a Priapus with oversized male appendage. This is done to chase away the evil eye, commonly believed in down the centuries. In contrast, there are paintings of erotic scenes on the walls of the House of Ill Repute showing the activities usually available there.

    Priapus Erotic Scene
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    Most Ancient Profession

    by FruitLover Written May 18, 2011

    The building known by the ancient Latin epithet LUPANAR has ten small rooms on two floors.
    Rooms on the upper floor are more separate from the another and more spacious.
    Certainly these rooms are intended for the more well-to-do clients.

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    The Brothel

    by ctorres1979 Updated Mar 24, 2007

    It was surprising to come upon the brothel as it seems that it was.. inside you find separated rooms with very small beds and on the walls illustrations of what probably used to go on inside the rooms

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