Macellum (Temple of Serapis)

Macellum (Temple of Serapis)

Macellum (Temple of Serapis)
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Pozzuoli is billed in travel books as being a town filled with archaeological sites. When one arrives in Pozzuoli one is greeted with litter, bad signage, and several easy-to-find archaeological sites which are overgrown with weeds and covered in trash. I never made it to the top archilogical site (the Flavian Amphitheater) because of bad signage and general disgust with the city. The street address above marks roughly the center point of the city.
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Wash DC29 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
The Flavian Ampitheater and the 'Temple' of Serapis are both interesting Roman ruins in Pozzouli. The nearby volcanic crater, Solfatera, and the thermal ruins at Baia, the sites at Cumae and the Phrygean Fields add to the attraction of the area. Beware of many the hotels in the area, they are designed to host weddings, and are not prepared to deal with sightseeing tourists.
Written October 10, 2013
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Art of Fact
Pawtucket, RI7 contributions
Nov 2019
As an archaeologist, I visit many similar places, so I'm just writing on the things that strike me here, not trying to summarize the importance of the site. It struck me how well-preserved the plan of the structure is. This isn't a "given" in any archaeological site. I also took photos of two things especially: the evidence of marine creatures on the columns, a puzzle that helped lead to the understanding of Bradyseism, and the sage placement of public latrines at the corners. Modern architects and city planners should take a lesson from the sensible pragmatism on display here.
Written November 3, 2019
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Italy2013_13
New York City, NY42 contributions
May 2013 • Family
We have visited the Anfiteatro Flavio and the Tempio di Serapide a few times over the last 5 or 6 years. We were very disturbed about the garbage in the streets in the past. This time, however, the town was very clean. There were garbage cans and recycling bins available everywhere. It was very pleasant to stroll around the port and town. The information signs at the amphitheater are excellent - in both Italian and English. The one sign at Tempio di Serapide is only in Italian.
Written May 19, 2013
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Tualie
Varese, Italy1,289 contributions
Aug 2021
Wrongly known as the temple of Serapis (serapeum) because of a statue found there, took some time to realize it was the marketplace (macellum). For us it was a bit underwhelming because it was just walking around above the ancient workshops, look at the middle circular colonnade and imagining what other structure could be there with the three columns. Those columns with mollusc holes were the subject that led to identify the bradyseism phenomena.

Dining outdoor late night in one of those restaurants must be lovely when the ruins are lighted.
Written December 28, 2021
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Jeni O
Shepton Mallet, UK14 contributions
Sep 2018
Fascinating-looking place, right near the ferry terminal: apparently not a temple at all but was in fact a Roman market complex. (2000 years later still somewhat more elegant than the present-day market a stone's throw away!)
The reason it is not publically accessible, presumably, is partly due to the fact that it often floods with sea water due to the lower ground level, which itself is because of the bradyseism (or 'old Gary Seismic' as we ended up calling it) operating in the area and messing with the ground levels over the centuries.
Worth a look in.
Written October 25, 2018
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huntsman24ab
Portsmouth, UK10 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
After visiting the flavian amphitheatre we took a walk around the town of Pozzuoli, down towards the port area we came across the temple of Serapide. It's a shame you can't get down into the area but the view from above in the street is amazing. A pleasant surprise to add to our day trip here. A brief insight into another part of Italy's ancient history nestled in the centre of the town. Plenty of restaurants nearby if you wanted to stay and enjoy the area for a while.
Written October 18, 2019
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Thoughtful100
Lincoln, UK236 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Easy to find and close to the harbour, you look down on this site and have a good view of it. It is certainly interesting and full of detail. It's a shame they don't let you walk through it. It is free to view. It only takes a few minutes to visit and absorb and is worth walking by.
Written June 2, 2019
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Shanti S
Washington DC, DC19 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
The best description of the place is in the Napoli Unplugged book, there is a small placard that I think is only in Italian on site. You can't access the actual ruins, and there's often water in them thanks to Bradyism. Nice place to look at before or after a meal on one of the squares or on a holiday when the bigger sites are closed.
Written September 12, 2018
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Sue D
Melbourne, Australia76 contributions
Jan 2017
The great thing about Italy is that very old and new sit side by side. And so, the Marcellum ruins are set down in a piazza of long ago, the the bustle and colour of Pozzuoli buzzing around them. If you are keen on the Forum in Rome, you will love the Temple of Serapis. For a start, there isn't the crush of people around you and you can take your time to drink it in.
Written February 3, 2017
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Vincenzo D
Naples, Italy3 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
The reconstruction of a roman temple within a baroque cathedral is something amazing. The visit to "Rione Terra", descending from the surface to medioeval, roman and greek building levels is like going down in history. Don't miss it!
Written May 20, 2014
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