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“Charming” room with beautiful frescoes was found in Pompeii

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Fresco from Pompeii showing a boar
"Charming" room with beautiful frescoes was found in Pompeii

After 2, 000 years, in Pompeii, the researchers found another amazing Roman remains. From the ground was extracted a chamber of a Roman villa – called the “House of the Enchanted Garden” – which was uniquely decorated. This is evidenced by numerous and preserved colorful frescoes.

Some of the frescoes were discovered in the 19th century, but the room in the house was discovered now. What is amazing, the colors of the frescoes are still very clear and vivid. On one of the murals we can see the sacrificial altar, which is guarded against demons and evil spirits by two snakes. Other frescoes show a figure of a horse, birds in flight and a creature with a human body and a dog’s face. The brightest red wall shows the black boar that could symbolize the victory of good over evile.

Birds and snakes on a fresco from Pompeii

The discovered chamber – according to the researchers – acted as a lararium, a place where there were images of lars – guardians of the Roman household and family. The niche in the room was probably occupied by marble or bronze sculptures of the gods. Interestingly, archaeologists found traces of fire on a stone, which proves that a sacrifice was made here.

Snakes and the altar on the Pompeian fresco

This discovery is a result from the so-called “Great Pompeii Project”, which main aim is the resumption of excavation works in places where archaeologists were conducting, but they ceased the work in the 19th century.


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