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House of the Ship Europa

House of the Ship Europa

 

 

 

 

 

 

House of the Ship Europa  House of the Ship Europa

House of the Ship Europa is located on the Via di Castricio road. The house was first excavated between 1951 and 1961, and then again in 1971, 1973 and 1975. House of the Ship Europa got its name from graffiti, depicting a ship with the word "Europe" apparently as an allusion to mythical Europe abducted by the Greek god Zeus in the guise of a bull. The image was discovered in 1957. In general, very few murals remain in this house. Apparently they were damaged during the eruption. Archaeologists couldn't save colorful murals. Only in some parts of the house were some fragments left. Interestingly, there is a press for squeezing out olive oil or wine.

The corridor (a), which opens from the south side of Via di Castricio, is decorated with frescoes in the first style in the form of rows of painted plastering blocks imitating marble cladding. The upper zone is separated from the middle zone by a wide stucco cornice. Another corridor leads directly to the peristyle or inner garden (b), which is surrounded on three sides by columns. The colonnade is supported by brick columns at the corners. On the western side there is a central brick pillar, and on the north and south sides there are corrugated masonry columns and covered with plaster.

Interesting in the House of the Ship Europe is a small garden. Archaeologists were able to identify the types of plants that once did not grow here by the remnants of the roots in the ground. Here they grew beans, onions, cabbage, grapes, cherries, peaches and lemons. All these plants were used as medicines for various diseases. Also here 28 terracotta vases were put along the wall, where seeds were germinated and grown. In the far corner of the garden were stalls for animals.

 

 

 

House of the Ship Europa  House of the Ship Europa

House of the Ship Europa