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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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  • So impressive and fascinating as it is historic, represented one of the gates to the city centre then little extended. Abandoned for years in a State of decay because half of beggars around the station, a few years having regard to public and private investment in the area in a new visibility that we hope will continue to grow in order to shine even Church squares and listings in front
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  • Beautiful and austere city front door, lying to the North West of the city, built during the Renaissance, consisting of the two mighty towers called Honor and Virtue. Unfortunately it is a bit run down and better not sitting out too, though well worth a peek.
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  • Within walking distance from central station, not far from Piazza Garibaldi, can you reach the characteristic ' Piazza di Porta Capuana, which presents interesting buildings. First of all, the magnificent ' Porta Capuana is, for harmony of form, is considered among the finest of the Renaissance. The two powerful ' Aragonese towers that enclose the ' gateway ' have the curious names of honor and Virtue. Beside the Door stands the Church of Santa Caterina a Formiello ' Renaissance ', topped by a smooth dome. Behind the Door stands the austere and magnificent ' Castel Capuano, also called ' The Vicar ', founded by the Normans as a royal residence and, in the past, headquarters of the Civil Division of the Court of Naples. From there take Via Tribunali, one of the most suggestive to me of the historical centre of Naples, where there are many small quaint shops and eateries, where you can enjoy delicious pizza or an excellent puff! Good walk!
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  • Very busy a bit hard to identify some more signage would be good.
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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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