Reception room: Reconstruction

Room height

According to the foundation walls, the villa had two floors and the reception room extended across both levels.
Stairs were built in both the side corridors to open up the upper floors on both sides of the room.


Floors and walls

There were only minimal remains from the room fittings, for example thousands of small mosaic stones, which however do not allow us to draw any conclusions about the original motif.
The mosaic in the centre of the room depicts a pattern from the bath which has here been reproduced using the original stones.

A piece of a fluted pilaster out of limestone, a half-column adorned with grooves, shows that, here too, there was an architectural division of the walls.
In the Villa von Echternach in Luxembourg, in particular, there were extensive remains of marble wall cladding which divided the floors with cornices and pilasters.


Coffered ceiling

Coffered ceilings were originally found in the stone architecture of representative temples and large public buildings.
Their use in villas has been shown by murals, in particular, although in Borg it has also been seen by an imprint of the wooden construction in the plaster.


The water basin

There is only sure evidence of the marble-clad, octagonal water basin in the room being here during the latest expansion phase although it may well have been built earlier.
This is because it has been seen in other grand villas that such basins often belonged to the interior design of this type of room.

The waterspout in the shape of a pine cone is a copy.
The original stems from a villa in Merzig in the Saarland.

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