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Piscina Mirabilis - Miseno, Bacoli

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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  • Definitely worth a visit. Impressive place. A further confirmation of skills and engineering.
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  • We were lucky to have arrangements made to have this 2000 year old engineering marvel opened for us. A steep descent from ground level into this cistern which collected water from an aqueduct which ra...  read more »
  • A must see for anyone wanting to discover Roman paths in the Campi Flegrei. You have to immerse himself in the bowels of the Earth at least once in their life to appreciate the majestic beauty of this ancient cistern, visited over the centuries by poets such as Petrarch and the travellers of the grand tour. A wonder not sufficiently valued that can be visited through the generosity of volunteers but it should be made more accessible, given its enormous value, institutions.
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  • This place is really incredible! Just think about how old it is and how is preserved in 2000 years. It's also unique how to enter there, I remember to ring at the door of a kind old woman who has the key for the gate, actually this was few years ago, hope it's changed in better, but it's a kind of an experience. Even if it's far from the usual travel place it's acrwal gem, worth the visit!
  • An amazing part of Roman history. It is massive and leaves a lasting impression.
  • Piscina Mirabilis to the gaze of those entering a void, as deep as a three story building, invaded by a forest of masts, underpinning arches and vaults. The light rains down from above, before faintly then when the view gets used to different brightness. Forty-eight stone cruciform piers divide the space carved into the stone in longitudinal and transverse thirteen five aisles. The two long sides, outer aisles, are covered with longitudinal barrel vaults; on the other three, Interior, vaulted ceilings are arranged transversally, with stabilizing effect of the entire structure. The floor of the nave is lowered by about a metre and a half so that it forms a us tank, for the settling and removal of debris after emptying. The action of time in several places has scarified the wall surfaces and place to view the texture more composite layers: the excavation in Tuff, "tufelli" squared, the grid of the opus reticolatum, plaster and floor in Opus signinum. Walking between the piers, under the arches and vaults pierced by the light you can lose orientation for a moment and wander in every direction, feeling like I was transported into a dream-like dimension. The great sized frames are repeated obsessively, the light is unreal, sounds, noises, voices are clearly seen on the walls and ceilings, ancient plaster-coated raincoats in Opus signinum, producing echoes constantly changing deaf space perception. The old structure, a tanker built during the Augustan period probably because of the drinking water supply of the Roman fleet stationed in the nearby port of Misenum, spanning more than seventy meters for over twenty-five wide, could hold several thousand cubic meters of water from distant sources of Serino, a hundred kilometers. Sold out its original function the artefact became centuries after usable, habitable. Today we move in this space, the cross, as did only its builders (and of course the maintainers), before the volume was filled by water.
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  • There are no words to describe the beauty of this place. A must see if you are in the area.
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  • A gorgeous place to visit!!!
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