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Interior Garden Canal
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A view looking north at the interior garden of the House of Julia Felix.  In the center is a decorative canal in which water would flow toward the bottom of the image.  The structure at the far end of the formal canal, with an exterior apse, is the bath complex.  The portico area on the left (west) side of the image is the area where a number of dining rooms (triclinium) were available for rent.


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.