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House of the Vestals

Дом весталок (Помпеи)

 

 

Address: Insula 1
Area: 1107 square meters
Rooms: +30

 

 

 

Дом весталокHouse of the Vestals is located on the east side of Via Consolare, near the junction with Vicolo di Narciso and not far from the Herculaneum Gate. The building was first excavated in 1770 and again in 1784, 1811 and finally in 1828. The House of the Vestals takes its name from the bizarre view of the 18th century that it was the residence of virgin priestesses of the goddess Vesta in Ancient Rome by honor The facade of the House of the Vestals is decorated with four plastered brick semi-columns framing its three entrances. On both sides were small shops (c and d). In view of the fact that they had entrances to the House of the Vestals, they most likely belonged to the owner of the house.

 

House of the Vestals suffered greatly in the course of two wars over a period of 2,000 years. First, the house was badly damaged by the siege weapons of the Romans, who attacked Pompeii under the command of Sulla in 89 BC. The Romans, as is well known, chose the Herculaneum Gate for the center of their attack. Many stones flew over gates and walls and fell into residential buildings. Thus, the House of the Vestals was partially damaged by the projectiles. The second time the House of the Vestals was damaged during the Second World War. During the bombings in September 1943, the rear entrance (n), the atrium (b) were severely damaged, and the table (f) and adjacent rooms were completely destroyed. The murals of the house were also badly damaged, but most were damaged by rain and wind.

 

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One room (l) was rebuilt into a cistern for storing water for the peristyle, the inner garden of the House of Vestals
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So the murals looked at the time of discovery and the current state

 

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Narcissus with Eros

 

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