2,500-year-old terracotta warriors get Valentine’s Day love in Italy


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2,500-year-old terracotta warriors get Valentine’s Day love in Italy

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A pair of terracotta lovers who hugged for 2,500 years are getting some Valentine’s Day TLC from Italian cultural officials

By The Associated Press

February 14, 2022 at 4:46 pm

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ROME — For 2,500 years, a pair of terracotta lovers are getting some Valentine’s Day TLC from Italian cultural officials.

One of the most famous couple statues in the art world, the reclining couple made of terracotta is getting high-tech protection from the threat of earthquakes, officials said Monday as they unveiled the 18-month-old statue. , and reduce the vibration of passing vehicles outside. project.

The spouse sarcophagus was made by an unknown craftsman and was actually an urn for the remains of the deceased. It is the top attraction of the National Etruscan Museum in Villa Giulia.

“The sarcophagus is threatened every day by vibrations from the tramway and the Rome-Viterbo railway,” said museum director Valentino Nizzo.

The 18-month project includes building an earthquake-resistant platform for the sarcophagus, which will help reduce vibrations that threaten it.

The sarcophagus, dating back to the 6th century BC, was discovered in 1881 in a cemetery in Cerveteri, a former Etruscan settlement near Rome. It was reconstructed from around 400 terracotta fragments.

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