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House of the Birds

Italica: Roman colony in western Andalusia, not far from Seville. Several second-century houses have been excavated.

House of the Birds, general view
House of the Birds, general view
The site of Italica has for a substantial part been excavated. The mansions of the Hadrianic quarter, however, are the main delight of a visit to Italica.

The central mosaic in the House of the Bird Mosaic, which is the most Italian of all houses excavated in Italica, consists of thirty-five small square mosaics that surround a larger, central scene, also square. Unfortunately, this part of badly damaged and cannot be reconstructed. The thirty-five smaller scenes represent different species of birds, all walking.