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Reg VI, Ins 1

General Description

House of the Vestals House of the Surgeon Reg VI, Ins 1 lies along the northern boundary of Regio VI between the Vico di Narciso to the east and the Via Consolare to the west. Its southern side faces onto the Vico di Mercurio.

Because of its situation next to one of Pompeii's major gates, the insula contains a variety of shops and inns. The insula contains only three houses, the House of the Triclinium, the sprawling House of the Vestals and the House of the Surgeon, which is examined here in more detail.

Plan of the Insula


....A. House of the Vestals
    B. House of the Surgeon

Full List of Properties

Name or Description
Area (Sq.m)
No of Rooms
Decoration and Comments
House of the Triclinium 183+ 4+ Situated next to the Herculaneum Gate. Irregular plan. Partly excavated. Ruinous condition.
Caupona 99 7 Masonry counter with marble top. No surviving decoration. Plaster remnants. Stairs up at No.3.
4 Hospitium 271 9 Irregular plan. No surviving decoration. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.
5 Popina 101 6 Masonry counter with marble top. Substantial facade with some surviving decoration. Interior in poor condition.
House of the Vestals 1107 30+ Large rambling property. Irregular layout. Main entrance at No.7 flanked by entrances at Nos.6 and 8. Atrium. Marble lined impluvium. Peristyle with central pool. Second atrium  with rooms off. Remnants of third and fourth style decoration. Some surviving mosaic paving. Rear entrances at Nos.24, 25 and 26.
9 Shop 23 1 Single room. No decoration. Plaster remnants. Linked to No.10.
10,23 House of the Surgeon 499 16 Standard atrium/garden plan. Atrium. Impluvium. Tablinum. Peristyle. Stairs up. Mosaic paving. Third and fourth style decoration. Posticum at No.23.
Shop 43 2 Undecorated shop at No.12 with room to rear. Plaster remnants on brick facade. Stairs up at No.11. Semi ruinous state.
13,22 Street altar with stable to rear 196 5 Little surviving decoration. Plaster remnants. Marble steps to stables at rear. Rear entrance at No.22. Ruinous condition.
Shop 151 6 Tufa facade. Traces of decoration. Plaster remnants. Stairs up at No.16. Rear entrance at No.21. Ruinous condition.
17 Popina of Acisculus 53 4 Tufa facade. Masonry counter with marble top. Latrine. Ruinous state.
18,20 Popina of Phoebus 48 4 Tufa facade. Masonry counter with marble top. No surviving decoration. Rear entrance at No.20. Ruinous state.
19 Public well N/A N/A Barrel vaulted roof. Street altar.

Tour of the Insula

To examine a featured building in more detail, select it from the above list. Where there is more than one property of interest in the insula, the buildings are arranged in order of reference number, which may not necessarily be the route chosen when actually visiting the site.

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