Recently we led a group of travelers from Paul’s Shipwreck on Malta to his martyrdom in Rome. Along the way, we visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paestum that is located about one hour (by car) south of Pompeii.
Paestum has three major temples that date from 550 to 450 B.C. Our travelers, most of whom had already been to Israel, Turkey, and Greece, were overwhelmed by the beauty and the state of preservation of these temples. But there was something else that I had not seen before . . . .
There is a wonderful, modern, museum that displays artifacts from the site. As we were walking through the museum, oohing and aahing at the artifacts, all of a sudden we saw a display where disaster had struck.
There, to our dismay, a lighting panel, from above the artifacts, had come crashing down upon some of the priceless 2,500-year-old objects! I think this had just happened, for the museum personnel were scurrying about with concerned looks on their faces!