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Castel Capuano, Naples

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  • Castel Capuano (12th century) is, after the Castel Dell ' ovo, the oldest Castle in Naples. He became a royal residence of the Norman kings, and in 1503, he was assigned to the courthouse, with the basement, intended to jail, with rooms of torture. Also called "Palazzo della Vicaria", as the Vicar of the Kingdom presided over the Government of the judiciary. The entrance we have a plaque celebrating the victory of Charles V in Tunis, under a large headed eagle, emblem of the Royal House of Spain and from twin pillars of Hercules while above dominates the Savoy Crest and then the big clock. With the excellent guide Francis, we cross a courtyard surrounded by a porch supported by Doric Pillars to reach the magnificent Hall of Busts (former Court of appeals Hall) where, as in the adjacent Lounge, lie the marble effigy of Jurists who made famous the Forum of Naples, but above all where we can appreciate beautiful frescoes of the XVIII century (for long time covered by lime!) depicting 12 figures muliebri , to represent the individual provinces of the Kingdom, and crests of casati. The ceiling, with frescoes, is divided into three fields, each of which celebrates (with female figures) the strength and triumph of Justice, that if certain and fair, brings peace and relaxation. While in the living room are charity and peace: virtues that serve the King to reign and, on the left "justice" with the foot, an ostrich who (for its slow digestion) refers to the "weighting". Gorgeous is the chapel of the brief, in which the justices heard mass before making decisions. The structure is square in shape, the vault is a Greek cross and the sides on the walls there are remarkable frescoes of Vasari's disciple with religious topics, dominated the style "Mannerism" (with its characters that move the scene). Behind the altar you can admire the Entombment of Christ (the background appears, little recognizable, Castel s. Elmo). On a magnificent fresco representing the resurrection. Note the "throwing frames" that allow you to highlight the background. We enter the rich and fascinating library of 600, with about 70,000 legal texts, especially, including some very rare – like those "purged"-(enough to be called "ancient collection") and enriched by the various emblems and images related to justice: King David and King Solomon. And here the wise guidance Garcia reminds us of strange customs and procedures "Zita Bona" as an alternative to prison for those convicted for debts (celo bonis) that were exposed to public ridicule, origins, embraced a column with his pants completely lowered and subsequently forced to carry the "bambagino", meaning a little hat with bells. At the back of the castle there is the fountain of Formiello, built in 1490 already drinking trough for horses, was rebuilt in 1583 with the addition of the coats of arms of the viceroy Pedro of Aragon. Finally could not miss a visit to the original "crime Museum" where are stored the bodies of crime from 1950 to 2000, for example, the rope used for escaping from prison, in addition to the civil and weapons of war.
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  • Place in the city's defensive circle Northwest, today appears austere and painted, but it offers unexpected treats inside with eighteenth-century decorations of the Hall of the Court of appeal, frescoed by Antonio Cacciapuoto, or the Hall of busts, or the chapel of Summary of 1540 with frescoes painted between 1547 and 1548 by the Spanish artist Pedro de Rubiales, pupil of Giorgio Vasari , besides the beautiful late-Mannerist painting with the Lamentation over the dead Christ. A visit would be most appreciated, even if it deserves.
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  • takes your breath away, especially when you walk in the beautiful Hall of busts, fabulous. take a trip into the past, a place full of charm!
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  • Like a lot of places in Napoli the more you look the more you see and find. Some great hostory here.
  • Good for history monuments Near to good market place Close to the main train station
  • Not open for tours.
  • An impressive castle
  • Tourist point

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