|Thermal complex of S. Carminiello ai Mannesi|
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|Written by Jorge Silva|
|Thursday, 07 October 2010 19:59|
Near Naples’ Cathedral, 120 m down Via Duomo, to the left, a small alley takes you to a remarkable roman ruin, the complex of S. Carminiello ai Mannesi.
This archaeological complex, unveiled in 1943, when the allied bombs destroyed the XVI Century church of S.Maria del Carmine ai Mannesi, built upon it, started to be a noble villa of 18 rooms built during the Roman Republic between the Decumano Maggiore (now Via Tribunali) and the Decumano Minore (now Via S. Biagio dei Librai – “Spaccanapoli”). At the Imperial Age it was turned into a thermal complex.
Usually closed to the public (some years ago it used to be a refuge for vandals and an illegal car parking space), this site, where we can see the different stages of Roman construction, was exceptionally open between 2nd and 4th October 2010, with guided tours coordinated by the Neapolitan Archaeological Group (Gruppo Archeologico Napoletano). But even when closed, it’s possible to peep through the gate and see the whole complex. A short detour to see one of the most impressive and well-preserved roman constructions in Naples is surely worthwhile.
Those interested in finding out some more about the Gruppo Archeologico Napoletano, which organizes several interesting activities, including archaeological excavations for its associates (why not become a member?), can take a look at the site http://www.ganapoletano.it/. The membership application form can be found on-line.
|Last Updated on Monday, 29 November 2010 05:36|