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Macellum (Temple of Serapis), Pozzuoli

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The Macellum of Pozzuoli was the macellum or market building of the Roman colony of Puteoli, now the city of Pozzuoli in southern Italy. When first excavated in the 18th century, the discovery of a statue of Serapis led to the building being misidentified as the city's serapeum or Temple of Serapis.A band of borings or Gastrochaenolites left by marine Lithophaga bivalve molluscs on three standing marble columns indicated that these columns had remained upright over centuries while the site sank below sea level, then re-emerged. This puzzling feature was the subject of debate in early geology, and eventually led to the identification of bradyseism in the area, showing that the Earth's crust could be subject to gradual movement without destructive earthquakes.
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  • It's a significant and beautiful archeologic site that serves as a term of measuring how active is Solfatara Volcano. It has been ascending and descending influenced by the gases accumulated inside th...  more »
  • The thermometer of the Bradisisma The Macellun said the Temple of Serapis is located in the Centre of Pozzuoli before haven Council to inspect it, it is very interesting and touch the phenomenon of raising or lowering of the soil.
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  • This is the Serapeum Temple of Serapide or due to the discovery of a statue of the Egyptian God, but in 1907 it was revealed what it was. It was a large rectangular-shaped space used as Roman market and now flooded by the waters; He was surrounded by shops on a courtyard. water for a particular phenomenon rises and falls according to the periods, and then you can see Roman columns pierced by mollusks when they emerge.
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  • Really cool ancient Roman site
  • A very interesting Roman market that shows how the sea level and the level of the land have changed over time.
  • The ancient Puteoli public market also known as the Temple of Serapis. This archeological jewel is situated in fantastic scenery, but alas it is undervalued. A fascinating beauty you can admire it from each side hovering.
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  • The Temple of Serapis, the phenomenon of the bradyseism of the campi Flegrei, the level of the temple, as still submerged parks in the Bay are being currently still negative. It was simply a market, perhaps like that of existing fish today in this ancient Greek city Dicearcheia
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  • The Macellum of Pozzuoli, also called improperly Temple of Serapis, was mistaken, for the discovery of a bearded statue of the Egyptian God with a jar containing wheat, symbol of fertility. It is considered the historical record of the phenomenon of bradyseism, which in past centuries preserved him from a larger stripping of its architectural elements and the most precious and precise metric index to measure sea level reached during the various stages of submergence and emergence marina.
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