The 2,000-year-old 'House of the Gladiators' in the ruins of ancient Pompeii collapsed on Saturday, local officials said. They confirmed that the stone house, on the main street of the world-famous archaeological site and measuring several hundred square metres, collapsed just after dawn while the site was closed.

Custodians discovered the collapse when they opened the site. The structure was believed to be where gladiators gathered and trained and used as a club house before going to battle in a nearby amphitheatre in the city that was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

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