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House of the Beautiful Courtyard

Description of the House (Ins V, 8)

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The entrance (a) opens off an elevated section of footpath (pictured opposite) directly onto a long, low ceilinged room (b) which serves both as a vestibule and atrium. The room, two views of which are pictured lower right, retains some of its fourth style decoration which consisted of a red central zone below a white upper zone decorated with red geometric patterns.

Off it to the south of the entrance are three small cubicula ((c), (d) and (e)) with simple fourth style decoration (room (e) is shown in the centre of the photograph below while the other two rooms are accessed off the corridor to its left.
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On the north side of the vestibule come atrium is a small kitchen area (f) which has an extremely low doorway (shown below) while, facing the entrance, is the interior courtyard (g) after which the house was named.
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The courtyard (pictured right) is raised above the level of the vestibule and connects to the large tablinum (i) to the south. The interior courtyard, which is decorated in the fourth style in shades of red, also contains a wide masonry staircase, resembling, with its parapet and landing, typical examples of medieval civic architecture.
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The four upstairs rooms connect via the staircase landing (pictured right) and by a wooden balcony which protruded from the front of the house to overlook Cardo IV. In the these rooms are several frescoes painted in the fourth Style.
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On the north side of the courtyard is a reasonably sized oecus (h) (pictured right) which is decorated in the fourth style with red panels separated by architectural themes and floating figures on a white ground. In the picture opposite can also be seen part of the first floor decoration which is again simply stated in the fourth style on a white ground.
The House of the Beautiful Courtyard lies on the east side of Cardo IV. The house has a rather unusual layout, more akin to an Italian medieval building than one belonging to the first century AD.
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The tablinum (pictured below) to the south of the courtyard is a large rectangular room with an intricate mosaic floor, the border of which is pictured left. The room, which occupies over a quarter of the entire ground floor area, is decorated in the fourth style in reds and yellows. A detail from the wall to the left of the entrance is shown lower left.  Against the west wall is a display case with some human remains.
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