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West Portico
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A view looking southwest at the western Portico of the House of Julia Felix.  Note the frescos on the wall.  The doors on the wall give access to dining rooms (triclinia) that could be rented for parties.  Each of them opened on to the portico and then on to the beautiful interior garden—on the left side of the image.

The columns and the roof of the portico have been reconstructed.

The house of Julia Felix (Praedia di Giulia Felice) is a very large complex that was rebuilt after the earthquake of A.D. 62.  It is located just to the northwest of the Amphitheater.  Two blocks (insulae) of Pompeii were combined into one to form it.  The complex consists of four parts: an atrium house, a large formal garden, a bath complex, and a large working garden.

From an inscription, it is known that it was owned by Julia Felix and parts of it were available to be rented to the elite of Pompeii.