"Find the 'Temple' of Serapis" Pozzuoli Things to Do Tip by leics

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  'Temple' of Serapis
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  • 'Temple' of Serapis - Pozzuoli
      'Temple' of Serapis
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  • Mollusc damage from when the site was underwater - Pozzuoli
      Mollusc damage from when the site was underwater
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Actually, it's fairly easy to find. If you arrive on the Metro, just turn right, turn right again when you reach the main road (Via Solfatar) and keep walking downhill. You will eventually come to the lower part of the town and the' temple' is pretty obvious.

If you arrive on the Cumana it's even easier to find; just walk north along Via Pergolesi.

The site is not really a temple at all, although its original excavators thought that the sculpture of the god Serapis meant it was., It was actually a covered macellum, a market place, and the circular structure in the centre was for selling fish. Nor nearly as romantic as a temple site!

As the whole area is continually (albeit slowly) rising and falling as a result of bradyseism, the site was underwater for several centuries (hence the mollusc-created holes in the three large pillars) and it still prone to flooding.

It's still a pretty impressive site though, and you can get good views from the overpass part of Via Pergolesi. The site opens erratically, so you might be able to get a close look if you are lucky (I wasn't).

Address: Via Sacchini
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macellum_of_Pozzuoli

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  • Written Oct 22, 2011
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