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Porta Capuana, Naples

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Porta Capuana is an ancient city gate in Naples, southern Italy. The gate also gives name to the zone, which is one of the ten boroughs of Naples. This zone being part of the Fourth Municipality.In spite of the name, the portal is not the ancient gateway to the decumanus maximus, the main east-west road that once led out of Roman Naples to Capua. When the city was extended eastwards in the 15th century as part of the construction of the new Aragonese city walls, the original gate, which had been closer to the castle of the same name, Castel Capuano, was rebuilt and relocated in 1484. Then when the walls were razed, the gate remained free-standing, giving it somewhat the air of a triumphal arch. The very beautiful carving on the 1484 facings consists of classically inspired trophies, flying Victories and other triumphal imagery. Just inside the gate, is the domed church of Santa Caterina a Formiello.
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  • To see this port (one of the doors) for its historical records since the period of the Bourbons. Neglected, not clean but alive with people, shops, smells. Naples is nice too.
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  • In my opinion the most beautiful Port of Naples, taking anything away from porta Nolana, Porta San Gennaro and Portalba. The flaw ... careless and evaluated. A REAL SHAME ...
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  • Visitors to Naples possibly obviarán this monument that has greater historical prestige no is very marked in the itineraries. However the beautiful door remains gala municipally of your good Bill. It dates back to the 14th century and is located on back of Castel Capuano, successive headquarters of the courts, in direction of the city of Capua, about 70 km north of Naples. Nearby, the Church of Santa Catalina to Formiello, with side a marble monument dedicated to San Gennaro. In 1714, he had recently had arrived the Austrians, the city was completely in the dark by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Ash that are deposited on houses, began to sink under its weight the roofs and in the city spread fear. After a few days in this situation, Cardinal decided to leave in a procession at the request of the people, carrying the statue of Gennaro, the protector of the city. The Chronicles have that when the statue reached the Hill on which is the Church of Santa Catalina to Formiello, in the direction of Mount Vesuvius, eruption ended with great relief of the population that, grateful, lifted the monument.
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  • Beautiful, radiant, beautiful aragonese port, very well preserved, unlike the other defensive walls, was raised as a Roman triumphal arch in honour of Ferrante d'Aragona, whose statue on the top is missing, in its place the emblem of Charles V. The door is the work of Giulio da Maiano, the fresco by Mattia Preti and other frescoes that have replaced no longer exist, the two towers on the side are called "Honour and virtue", there is no longer the statue of San Gennaro which is poorly maintained and is located in the adjacent gardens, crowded with immigrants. Naples Porta Capuana, these words are a chronicler of 1837, in 2016, nothing has changed since then, it has added the filth and stench, migrants are scattered around the door: «here is today as yesterday, as always ... always the same hell, the same merchandise, shops, businesses, trades, by different people. A Babel of languages. Who wants to know the Neapolitan mob really in all his habits among its virtues and vices ... come to Porta Capuana, at any hour of the 24 hours of the day, and God worketh even now ... Porta Capuana is the universal theater, is the City of our people ... Here there is neither night nor day»
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  • Great place Magic Hardware available qualified super cheap price
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  • A historical place and very charming. It's a shame for the degradation facing the gardens surrounding the real huge and ancient "door" ...
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