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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  • August 10, 2017
    Fascinating and amazing place. Not to be missed if interested archaeological excavations. Recommended
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  • August 9, 2017
    Great place to have lunch or even better dinner in one of the cafes around it. You can also see the effect of bradyseism common to the surrounding area.  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    I have seen a lot of Roman ruins over the years, and while nice enough these are nothing I would ever go out of my way to see. Temple or marketplace, this is a relatively small site which is worth spe...  more »
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  • This is a hidden gem for people intrested in ancient history it has been above and below see levels at different periods in its history and was mistaken for a temple at one time before it was discovered to have been a market in ancient times. Surrounded with some great restaurants it is very worth a visit when you are in the area.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful. Absolutely worth visiting. Recommend a journey back in time consuming something at one of the bars/restaurants/pizzerias that overlook the site ...
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  • 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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