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San Lorenzo Maggiore
- San Lorenzo Maggiore
- Alt Name:
- Ancient Greece
- 500BC - 401BC
- Naples Cathedral, Naples National Archeological Museum,
Cumae Archaeological Park,
about San Lorenzo Maggiore
What seems to be the attractive thirteenth century church of San Lorenzo Maggiore in Naples in fact contains a startling secret – the amazing underground remains of the Greco-Roman city of Neapolis. For lovers of ancient Rome it's simply unmissable.
Established in approximately 470 BC by the Cumans, Neapolis would later become the Roman city of Naples and the remains reflect this change as well as development into medieval times.
The main find at the San Lorenzo Maggiore Ruins are the remains of the Greek meeting place and marketplace, known as the Agora. A Roman food market or “Macellum” has also been found, partially incorporated into the cloisters of a church, the cloisters themselves dating back to the fourteenth century.
Visitors to the San Lorenzo Maggiore Ruins can also see public buildings such as what would have been the public treasury or “Aerarium” and a series of roads and “tabernae” or shops including a laundrette and a bakery.
Beneath the thirteenth century church of San Lorenzo Maggiore, there are also the remnants of a sixth century AD Christian basilica. This truly remarkable place is also an informative museum, with exhibits and historical information covering the archaeological excavations at the site. This impressive site features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Italy.
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Address: San Lorenzo Maggiore, Piazza San Gaetano, Via dei Tribunali 316, 80138
Phone: 081 211 0860
The San Lorenzo Maggiore Ruins are located in Naples’ historic centre next to the church of Sao Paulo Maggiore, not far from the Duomo. It is a ten minute walk from Museo metro station (line 1).
The San Lorenzo Maggiore Ruins are open daily, 9.30am-5.30pm (Sundays 9:30am-1:30pm). Entry costs €5 (€2 reduced).
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