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Complesso Monumentale San Lorenzo Maggiore

Via Tribunali, 316 - Piazza San Gaetano, Naples, Italy (Pendino)
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Ranked #27 of 222 attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Having read the description in my travel guide it hadn't made it onto my list of places to visit. However, I decided to pop in since it's one of the few attractions I actually managed to easily find. I'm pleased I did. For the €9 admission price you get to visit the underground excavations and the museum. Both were an... More

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Alexandria, VA
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80 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The church itself is nice to see. Lighter than most churches, on a large footprint with frescoes and minor art. There are some very pretty sculptures, and the ceiling of the friars refectory is stunning. Back in the 1400's, this hall was once the seat of the Napolitan government, so you can imagine how beautiful it is. While the church... More

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Melbourne
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32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

A fully excavated Roman Marketplace and road as well as further down remains of Greek baths was a surprise. A self guided tour and few people about on a Saturday afternoon made this a very welcome stop off en route to Via dei Tribunali.

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Durban, South Africa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This was our only exposure to underground Naples and it was impressive. In particular, I was fascinated to understand how the ancient workshops and markets were laid out!

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

The church is impressive but the highlight for me was visiting the ruins underneath and seeing a bit of life from a long way back.

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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The church of San Lorenzo Maggiore is also located in the historic center of the city, just few steps away from the famous district of San Gregorio Armeno, this is one of my favorite churches here in Naples. The main feature is the simplicity once you get in you'll see right away. Inside, the spaces are huge and what struck... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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49 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This building is a multifaceted treat. Above ground you are delighted by frescoed artworks, a 13 century church with accompanying bell tower and one of Naples most famous cloisters. Under all this splendor lurks an under ground wonder land. An under ground Greco-Roman city that predates Naples. An under ground labyrinth consisting of exavations of an ancient Roman road, bakery,... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

I had no idea that a shopping street from the original Neapolis lay beneath this church. A bit pricy, but interesting in the context of all the other ancient things we saw on the trip.

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Naples, Italy
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57 attraction reviews
546 helpful votes 546 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

They say that St. Lawrence is the patron saint of crossword because, martyr, he died on the grill and in this splendid basilica there is, not surprisingly, a cryptic riddle "Quid? Omnia. Quid Omnia? Nihil. Si Nihil, cur Omnia? Nihil ut Omnia" (that means: "What? Everything. What is Everithing? Nothing. If Nothing, why Everything? Nothing for Everything" or "Nothing like... More

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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I'm surprised this place has got so many positive reviews. At €9 it is inexpensive. The Roman street is interesting but there is no explanation so you have very little idea what you are looking at. Ercolanum is in another class and a much better experience. The museum has got a few (and I mean a few) very third rate... More

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