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Sarno Gate

Location

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Map of Pompeii

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Description

The Sarno Gate lies at the eastern limit of the Via dell'Abbondanza. Like the Vesuvius Gate, it sustained considerable damage and little remains to be seen today.

The south eastern side of the gate is still standing (pictured right), but the western part is almost completely destroyed. The gate led to the Sarno Valley.
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The landscape of the valley has changed considerably since AD79 eruption.

Studies of bore holes from around Pompeii show that the shoreline moved about 1 km westwards due to the eruption of AD79.
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The Sarno coastal plain has been constantly affected by volcanic activity since the late Pleistocene. At its maximum, the sea reached an area east of Pompeii and formed a beach ridge more than 2 km inland from the present shore.
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The city walls are still in a reasonable condition, especially the part either side of the Nola Gate (pictured right).
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