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Archaeologists found ‘secret chamber’ at Nero’s palace

Archaeologists found ‘secret chamber’ at Nero’s palace

‘Secret chamber’ with the incredibly well preserved frescoes were found at Nero’s palace, AFP reported. The restoration experts were delighted with the status of the frescoes, they were preserved incredibly well.

Italian archaeologists proudy reported on the newly discovered chamber in the Room of the Sphinx at Nero’s Palace. The archaeologists were working on a nearby area of the complex set beneath a hill next to the Colosseum in ancient Rome’s historic centre when they chanced upon the chamber. Thus, the restoration works at Roman Emperor Nero’s Golden Palace constructed two millennia ago were crowned by the unbelievable success.

According to the officials from the Colosseum archeological park, the opening leading to a room covered with depictions of mythical creatures including centaurs and the god Pan. The ‘secret chamber’ will require further excavation, the archaeologists concluded, the premises at Nero’s Golden Palace could keep many other significant discoveries.

Nero’s Palace still keeps atmosphere of the 60s of the 1st Century AD

The frescoes are very visible and fairly well preserved, they set against a white background can be seen “red-edged squares finessed with yellow-ochre lines and golden bands punctuated by a dense series of floral elements,” the experts said. Each of the tiles depicts different types of animal form — from panthers to birds, centaurs and a sphinx, while others show musical instruments.

The Golden palace was built between AD 64 and 68, that immense complex, which other Roman emperors later built on, comprises buildings, gardens and an artificial lake.

After Nero’s death in AD 68, his successors tried to destroy races of his rule. Emperor Trajan had the Domus Aurea covered over with soil and built baths over it while Vespasian set in train construction of the Colosseum where the ornamental lake had been.

Part of the site was discovered by Renaissance artists including Raphael, some of whom managed to slide down on ropes and squeeze themselves through a hole in the ceiling to gaze upon magnificent frescoes which would inspire  their own works.