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 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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  • Walking around Naples we saw this beautiful door very majestic, wanted to visit the castel capuano, but we were told it is under renovation
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  • Porta Capuana is one of the ancient gates of Naples, is located near the Castel Capuano. It was built in 1484 by the Aragonese and the name originated because it went out to go to Capua. The Renaissance-style door consists of a beautiful white marble arch with different decorations, surrounded by defensive towers that symbolize the honor and virtue. The entire district of Porta Capuana has always been very lively area of Naples, the heart of the "Latin Quarter" born in the early 1900s was a meeting place of important artists of the time. Now unfortunately things have changed and the area has become degraded.
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  • One of the ports of Naples. A must see if you visit Naples. History and architecture make viva la structure.
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  • It is one of the ancient city gates. If you are walking from the station to the centre and you're interested into medieval architecture, I suggest to pay a quick visit. The place is not very well kept
  • It still magnificent in its ancient appearance though restoration is on the way. It is living people and market around the area, feeling very local.
  • Well preserved city gate. The square is vivid day and night, with all kinds of people hanging around or passing by. Anyways, it's not somewhere you want to go alone.
  • One of the best historical place of Naples Heart of naples (cuore di napoli). Find italian fruit and vegetables market here. *Be Attentive from pick pockets.
  • Very nice place
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