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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  • Knew to school reminiscences the place. Nice and pleasant, too bad it's not accessible. Surely at night with lighting must be fascinating.
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  • The Temple of Serapis is incorrectly defined Temple, but actually was a macellum; that is the old market of Pozzuoli, is called the Temple of Serapis, because inside archaeologists found the ancient statue of the Egyptian God. When I visited the Temple have not been able to enter inside, but I saw it from the street, the view was still very nice and interesting; I congratulate the municipality for the excellent condition that keeps the temple and the small square adjacent to it. I recommend everyone to visit it, since the temple is one of the beautiful testimonies of ancient Puteoli.
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  • For Pozzuoli in the evening only. Accompanied after dinner by a colleague "local" I discovered with amazement this site well lit and so enjoyable from the outside at night, in the closing hours of course.
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  • Nice view of interesting ruins. I wish there were more descriptive detail on plaques surrounding the ruins.
  • 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.
  • Nice view from street.
  • A very interesting Roman market that shows how the sea level and the level of the land have changed over time.
  • Really cool ancient Roman site

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