Inspired by the excavations in Pompeii, King Ludwig I of Bavaria commissioned the architect Friedrich von Gärtner to build an idealized Roman villa, which was completed from 1840–1848. On the ground floor are the reception and guest rooms, the kitchen and the dining room, grouped around two inner court yards, the Atrium with its water basin and the Viridarium with its garden in the rear section of the house.

The splendid decoration of the interior and the mosaic floors were copied or adapted from ancient models. Since 1994, original Roman works of art from the State Antiquities Collections and the Glyptothek in Munich are now also on display here. Among the most valuable exhibits in addition to the Roman marble sculptures, small bronzes and glas ses, are two marble thrones of gods. In addition, there is a different special exhibtion every year on an archaeological topic.

The Pompeiianum is surrounded by a small garden which was also only laid out in the mid-19th century. It was to be an 'ideal Mediterranean landscape', and still has a flavour of the warmer climes of southern Europe with its fig, araucaria and almond trees, as well as vines, Lombardy poplars and pines.



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Founded: 1840-1848
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: German Confederation (Germany)

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Vit Soupal (12 months ago)
Great place to visit in Aschafenburg. The copy of villa from Pompei is astonishing. It is also located at great place in park with view on the river. Don't miss it!
Mary L (12 months ago)
This place was built as a replica of a Roman Pompeian Villa. It was comissioned by Ludwig I for the art lovers to enjoy architecture. As if today it is a very peaceful place to visit. Especially in the summer the flowers are beautiful and the view over the Main River is spectacular. Make sure to take a walk from here to the Johannisburg palace and then the old city.
Pavel D. (2 years ago)
This is a place where you get to feel like you've just arrived to Italy! It is indeed a perfect replica of a Roman villa with all its beauty and decor! I bought a 6 EUR ticket (only cash payments possible) and enjoyed a stroll around the villa admiring the details and colors, so vivid and vibrant! Plenty to see - statues, sculptures, paintings, pottery and other roman artefacts are displayed on both floors. Unfortunately all the information was available in German only. The indoor yard with glass roof and a fountain in the middle is the centerpiece of the villa and is so photogenic and just amazing to be in. The surroundings were beautifully decorated - from a garden of red roses, wisterias, huge agave plants in the pots to other Mediterranean flora such as fig trees and wine. Visited in June 2022. Tips: Don't forget to visit Saint-Germain-Terrasse right behind the villa and of course the majestic Schloss Johannisburg, only a couple minutes away!
Duckadam Diana Maria (2 years ago)
Interesting building and very nice view...
Chief Justice (2 years ago)
Great historic information but not in English
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